People don't smile in Hal Hartley's movies. He doesn't allow it. "It's an easy win," he says, "too easy."
People are young and romantic and troubled in Hal Hartley's movies. Their parents are old and bitter and doomed.
People are chaste in Hal Hartley's movies. Often, they fall in love but don't sleep together during the course of the movie.
People speak in Hal Hartley's movies like they're making music--precise, percussive music.
Hal Hartley movies that are dear friends of mine: The Unbelievable Truth (1989), Trust (1991), Simple Men (1992) and Amateur (1994).