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Fay Grim

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Parker Posey, Fay Grim, ...
Richard Sylvarnes

Fay Grim

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
118 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/18/07
performer:
Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan, Jeff Goldblum
director:
Hal Hartley
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
65443
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

At first, it looks as though Hal Hartley, that quirky/annoying maestro of the put-on pensée, has finally entered the real world. In Fay Grim, his continuation of Henry Fool (1998), Parker Posey’s Fay, estranged wife of the gloomy, drunken bohemian nihilist Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan), is arm-twisted by the CIA into locating his confessional notebooks. The tomes may contain scandalous political secrets, but don’t be fooled: The faux espionage plot, with its winks at terrorism, is really just a convoluted plea for the relevance of precious indie artistes (i.e., Hal Hartley).

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