Hal Hartley’s films are brimming with literary influence, the characters who populate his world never too far from a vintage hardback or a well timed quote.
TRUST is no exception.
There is a deliberate stylization to performance and narrative, in his work. An episodic nature and an almost theatrical use of frame.
That’s not to say that Hartley isn’t given to moments of pure cinematic exuberance. Often characters will break into dance, or address an audience with all the command of a Shakespearean raconteur.
In TRUST, Maria (Adrienne Shelly) has run away from home, after a slap causes her father to drop dead on the kitchen floor.
Matthew (Martin Donovan) wanders the streets after a similar slap from his father,…