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Fay Grim

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Manufacturer: Magnolia
Publisher: Magnolia
Starring: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Aiken, D.J. Mendel, Megan Gay
Directed By: Hal Hartley

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Product Description:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0876964000857
Feature: Factory sealed DVD
Format: Multiple Formats
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Magnolia
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Magnolia
Model: 2269701
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
Publisher: Magnolia
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2007-05-22
Running Time: 118
Studio: Magnolia
Product Features:
Factory sealed DVD
Editorial Review:
Fay Grim (Parker Posey), a single mom from Woodside, Queens, is afraid her 14 year old son, Ned, will grow up to be like his father, Henry, who has been missing for seven years. Fay's brother Simon is serving ten years in prison for aiding in Henry's escape from the law. He has come to suspect that Henry was not the man he appeared to be. His suspicions are validated when the CIA asks Fay to travel to Paris to retrieve Henry's property. Her mission turns into a sprawling con-game, pitching Fay deep into a world of international espionage in this follow-up to Henry Fool.
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
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