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Fay Grim (2006)

Cast: Parker Posey, Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, more...
Director: Hal Hartley, Hal Hartley
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Studio: Magnolia
Genre: Action, Suspense/Thriller, Political Thriller
Running Time: 118 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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A single mother from Queens becomes unwittingly embroiled in international espionage in director Hal Hartley's sequel to the critically acclaimed Henry Fool. Fay Grim (Parker Posey) is determined to raise her 14-year-old son, Ned (Liam Aiken), so he won't be like his father, Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan), who disappeared seven years ago after accidentally murdering a vicious neighbor. As Fay's brother, Simon (James Urbaniak), serves time in a prison cell for aiding Henry in his daring escape, he gradually begins to suspect that the man who inspired him to take up writing in the first place is not the louse he appeared to be, but instead the keeper of some potentially explosive government secrets that, if made public, could prove quite dangerous. As Simon begins to explore the possibility that Henry's autobiography, "Confessions," contains coded references to a wide variety of international atrocities committed by governments around the world, the CIA contacts Fay to inform her that her husband was killed in a hotel fire in Sweden shortly after fleeing America, and that the French government is currently in possession of two notebooks containing drafts of "Confessions." Convinced that the notebooks contain information that could endanger the security of the United States, CIA agent Fulbright (Jeff Goldblum) convinces Fay to travel to Paris and retrieve Henry's property before the information falls into the wrong hands. Now trapped in the middle of a cross-continental con and thrust deep into the world of international espionage, Fay is about to find out that her ex-husband is not only still alive, but in more trouble than he could ever imagine. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Dialog Moves It Along by shiftless December 31, 2007 - 4:58 PM PST
I liked this movie better than Henry Fool. It's barely even a sequel, though it uses the same characters from Henry Fool and continues the story of their lives. As with all Hartley movies, it's all about the dialog, the movement of characters in the space they occupy, and to a lesser extent, the cadence of the dialog, editing and musical score (also composed by Hartley). There are no car chases and nothing blows up. Despite this, I found this movie to be really gripping. Parker Posey is hit or miss for me as an actor, but she does a good job here as a not-too-bright or worldly single mom. Jeff Goldblum usual mannerisms are toned down which for me was a good thing because I can't stand him as an actor. The movie does drag in a few places, and the constraints placed on the actors by Hartley's style of directing does produce a few unconvincing lines/scenes, but I laughed a lot during this movie which really ends up being the most important thing. Fun story that twists and turns, and characters hilariously wind their way through political espionage using only their hearts as a guide.

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