DVD: Trust (15)

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"They have television everywhere, there's no escape."

Hal Hartley's bone-dry and sensationally original 1991 satire is his finest hour; Henry Fool (1997) and The Girl from Monday (2005), also released this month, pale by comparison.

Adrienne Shelley, Hartley's original muse, plays Maria, a sullen Long Island high-school student who falls pregnant to a dim sports jock. He promptly shuns her. When she informs her father about the impending baby he dies of a heart attack seconds later. Maria hooks up with a volatile drifter (the excellent Martin Donovan) and a deadpan romance, sort of, blossoms. Trust is a peculiar, droll and also quite moving US indie experience.

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