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Jeff Goldblum, Parker Posey. Fay fears her son Ned will end up like his ne'er-do-well father Henry, for years a hunted fugitive. Her brother Simon is also serving time for trying to help Henry flee the country. When a CIA agent tries to enlist Fay's aid in finding Henry's missing notes, things spiral out of control into a deadly game of international espionage. 2006/color/118 min/R.
Fay Grim is Hal Hartley's version of the espionage thriller. Consequently, it's more peculiar than pulse-pounding, but that's what makes his films appealing--to those who appreciate their off-kilter rhythms, that is. In Hartley's world, dialogue is often delivered with a straight face, no matter how funny the line or farcical the situation. In Fay Grim, he picks up seven years after Henry Fool left off, but this time the writer/director shifts focus from novelist Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan) to his seemingly scattered wife, Fay (Parker Posey). Their son, Ned (Liam Aiken), is now in his teens, but Henry remains at large, and Fay's "garbage man poet" brother, Simon (James Urbaniak), remains in prison for aiding in his escape. Then two CIA operatives, Fulbright (Jeff Goldblum) and Fogg (Leo Fitzpatrick), inform her that Henry is dead, so Fay agrees to track down his complete set of diaries in exchange for Simon's freedom. Apparently, Henry's incoherent ramblings contain state secrets. Joining forces with stewardess Bebe (Elina Löwensohn), Fay travels from Queens to Paris to Istanbul to fulfill her mission. In the end, Fay Grim resembles Hartley's noir parody Amateur, which featured Löwensohn, more than Henry Fool. It has less to say about talent and celebrity and more about mystery and intrigue. For the filmmaker, it also represents an opportunity to reunite a strong ensemble and to recover, at least for the time being, from a string of disappointments, like No Such Thing and The Girl From Monday. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
This is an intense drama, character driven, no blood and murder/shocks, just well written and well played drama, with an undercurrent of the humor of the human condition. Read morePublished 12 days ago by anteKA
loved it! i think its better if one watches it before watching "henry fool".... take it or leave it.Published 8 months ago by Patrick
this is another that i had seen had to own it so i could study facts figures that only close perusal can accomplish to me it is a sleeper of a movie one that doesn,t give up its... Read morePublished 15 months ago by tim huxoll
You must see Henry Fool to understand; it follows the style and so, it's fun in the same strange way. Goldblum's quircky character fit's perfectly in this world. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julio Bro!
This movie is under rated, I say that both for the few dollar cost, and the original review when first released. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TRBear
It's a good movie, before the actress get so popular on the series and showing on the movies. Love it.Published 19 months ago by Samuel A. Vindiola Robles
Don't make my (almost) mistake, start with Henry Fool. I don't wish to discuss one without the other because of reasons made clear below. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Dillon Lee
Wasn't sure what I was expecting, but it turned out to be a very good film. I liked that she went from feeling like a victim of circumstance to being the woman in charge, and... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by annette85