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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.
Like Bill Murray in Man Who Knew Too Little, Fay lurches from one exotic locale to another, eluding disaster without entirely understanding the situtations she finds herself in. The plot is confused and frenetic, and Hartley overuses the cheap device of tilting the camera to the point of annoyance. Parker Posey turns in a great performance, along with Thomas Jay Ryan in a brief appearance. It's debatable whether seeing this is necessary to understanding the third installment in the series, Ned Rifle, and it could probably be skipped without undue confusion.
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loved it! i think its better if one watches it before watching "henry fool".... take it or leave it.Published 18 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 on May 29, 2014 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 on May 7, 2014 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 on February 25, 2014 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
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
A wonderful satire on international espionage, terrorism, and the CIA. Parker Posey is extremely attractive, and the other actors are all excellent.Published on February 26, 2013 by john messina
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