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Parker Posey stars as Fay Grim, abandoned wife of Henry Fool and mother to Henry's only son Ned. Fay lives a quiet life until she comes home one day to find a CIA agent in her kitchen. His name is Fulbright (Jeff Goldblum, Man of the Year) and he wants Henry's notebooks. There are many Henry Fool notebooks and they were all previously believed to contain nothing but mad wanderings. Apparently there's much more to them. Secrets weapons research or paths to terrorists? Who knows but Henry. Agent Fulbright tells Fay that her husband is dead but this is quickly surmised as a ruse to get Fay out of her home and searching for Henry (and it works ...but not the way they think).
Fay battles multiple spy rings to gather Henry's notebooks and to seek him out. She also makes a deal with the CIA to get her brother Simon (James Urbaniak) out of prison (he'd helped Henry escape the country in the original Henry Fool film.Read more ›
FAY GRIM, a sequel to HENRY FOOL, is a large step back in the right direction; while more political than ever, he integrates it into his unique deadpan storytelling style much better than he has previously this decade, and offers moments of inspired lunacy and heart that haven't been seen since BOOK OF LIFE. GRIM is a bit overstuffed, and likely won't win many converts, but fans of Hartley's work in the 90s who have not forgotten his inimitable style and point of view will welcome this film, warts and all, which plays like a kind of very dry international thriller (don't go looking for any action scenes, as much of the violence that does occur plays out in freeze-frame sequences) mixed with the family/love story comedy found in FOOL.
It's nice to see Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows smoothly join the mix of usual Hartley regulars, though it'd be nice if Hartley and Martin Donovan could team up again. The DVD is widescreen anamorphic (shot on high definition video), with some reasonable extras.
Well your wait is over. She is ever so beautiful, ever so well-dressed, and ever so over-the-top. If you are a Parker fan, then I promise you this will be way more than enough.
Plus we get to see the rest of the old "Fool" gang with some worthy additions. And ten years later, who would have ever thought, you know ??
And yes, the fact that now, for some strange reason it's become all about spies, the CIA, the KGB, and Islamic terrorists...that's a bit different for sure.
But if you are just looking for some great eye-candy, and have the sort of sense of humor that any true Parker fan has.....well....why would you want to miss this movie ? You can't quite follow the plot line ? So what ? That's probably part of the joke. You won't really care, believe me.
And don't forget......
"An honest man is always in trouble"
So...there you go, eh ?
A film fleshing out these characters is precisely what most directors would've made, but oh, not Hal. From the first minutes, things spin out of control when CIA Agent Fulbright shows up in her kitchen, proposing to her that those journals of confession . . . . "the masterpiece" Henry lugged throughout the first film are a sort of key to understanding multi-national terroristic occurrences that peppered the last part of the 20th century. A complex plan is set in motion for Fay to retrieve Henry's diaries in France, and single mom Fay, begins a worldwide tour that pushes the story into one of international intrigue, espionage, the power of love and longed for redemption.Read more ›
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This film marks a complete about-face from the first installment. Henry Fool was a thoughtful meditation on the power of art and the influence of a great teacher on an artist; at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
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 5 months ago by anteKA
loved it! i think its better if one watches it before watching "henry fool".... take it or leave it.Published 13 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 20 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 21 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 23 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 on January 15, 2014 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
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