in about 100 words or less
US 90m, Colour
Director: Hal Hartley; Cast: Adrienne Shelly, Robert Burke, Christopher Cooke, Julia McNeal, Katherine Mayfield, Gary Sauer, Mark Bailey, David Healy, Matt Malloy, Edie Falco, Paul Schultze, Bill Sage
A surreal soap opera styled comedy, The Unbelievable Truth is about an obsessive teenager who is convinced that nuclear holocaust is inevitable, until she meets a mysterious ex-con who has just started working as a mechanic for her father. Notable for Burke’s deadpan performance as Josh, the convicted murderer who “seems like a nice man”, The Unbelievable Truth is an intriguing film filled with hilariously wry dialogue that marked the beginning of Hartley’s quirky style as a filmmaker (Klaus Ming March 2016).