- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 22, 2013
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Upon Reflection: Trust
- The Making Of "Trust
- Interviews With Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Hal Hartley And Line Producer/Assistant Director Ted Hope
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Can't you fix it'"--Ed (Matt Malloy) to Matthew (Martin Donovan), about a broken piece of machinery
"Some things shouldn't be fixed."
"Are you emotionally disturbed'"
- Maria (Adrienne Shelly) to Matthew, after he shows her the hand grenade that he carries around
"You've gotta leave this house."--Matthew to Maria
"I have to take care of my mother."--Maria
"Your mother is a psychopath."
"Marry me."--Matthew to Maria
"Don't be crazy."--Maria
"Marry me. Have the baby. We'll be a family."--Matthew
Rolling Stone - 07/11/1991
"...TRUST is an exceptional film that stays alert to the mysteries of love..."
New York Times - 07/26/1991
"...[Hartley's films] look realistic, act cockeyed and turn out to be just right....[Shelley is] both poignant and credible..."
USA Today - 08/15/1991
"...A perfect cast..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 08/16/1991
"...The actors have keyed into Hartley's visual style with a vengeance; they hold themselves in rapt, studied poses that complement the studied geometry of his imagery..."
TRUST tells the darkly comic tale of an unlikely romance between Maria (Adrienne Shelly), a well-meaning yet thoughtless pregnant teenager, and Matthew (Martin Donovan), a frustrated young man who assembles and repairs electronics. When Maria and her judgmental father get into a heated argument and she reveals her pregnancy, he suddenly has a heart attack and drops dead, creating a considerable amount of tension with the rest of her family. Things get even worse when she turns to her self-absorbed football player boyfriend for comfort and finds nothing but insensitivity. Meanwhile Matthew, who always carries a hand grenade "just in case," has to contend with his mind-numbing job and the dictatorial rule of his own father. When Matthew and Maria meet by chance in an abandoned house, they form a strange bond. But these two defiant individuals need to face their manic families before they can truly deal with each other.
Director Hal Hartley's second film furthers the dry dialogue and spare settings of his debut, THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH. The result is an oddly charming film that features remarkable performances from Shelly and Donovan. With its unusual and perceptive look at the nature of love and responsibility, TRUST is easily one of the most quirky and thoughtful romantic comedies of the 1990s.
Since Maria found out she's pregnant, it seems as if her entire world is falling apart. Her quarterback boyfriend just dumped her. Her family has totally flipped out, and she'll have to drop out of school. But when she meets Matthew Slaughter, an unusual young man with very special gifts, they'll cope with loneliness, combat abusive family members, and forge a special friendship that may last a lifetime.
- TRUST premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 1990.
- The film features Martin Donovan's first major screen role.
- "With TRUST, I wanted a love story that didn't gloss over the more difficult implications of commitment and intimacy."--Hal Hartley, as quoted in an interview with Graham Fuller.