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Fay Grim (2006)

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A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them ...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Fay Grim
D.J. Mendel ... Father Lang (as DJ Mendel)
Liam Aiken ... Ned Grim
Megan Gay ... Principal
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Milla
Chuck Montgomery ... Angus James
James Urbaniak ... Simon Grim
John Keogh ... Prosecutor
Claudia Michelsen ... Judge
Jeff Goldblum ... Agent Fulbright
Leo Fitzpatrick ... Carl Fogg
J.E. Heys J.E. Heys ... Herzog
Aminata Seck Aminata Seck ... Woman Visitor at Prison
David Scheller David Scheller ... Convict Husband
Aoibheann O'Hara ... ER Nurse
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Storyline

A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them ...

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Featuring the continuing adventures of Henry Fool


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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 September 2007 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Fej Grim See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,817, 20 May 2007

Gross USA:

$126,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,067
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fay Grim was shot almost exclusively using Dutch angles (tilting the camera off to the side). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Father Lang: Fay? You OK?
Fay Grim: I'm afraid.
Father Lang: Why? Has something happened?
Fay Grim: I'm afraid for my son... He's fourteen.
Father Lang: Boys have been known to survive that, Fay.
Fay Grim: I'm afraid he'll grow up to be... well, like his father.
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Surprising stretch of characters and concept in an oddball sequel
19 May 2007 | by lotekguy-1See all my reviews

The 1997 low-key indie dramedy Henry Fool would seemingly have been a secure choice of movies no one would bother to revisit for a sequel. A rumpled, dissipated drifter (Thomas Jay Ryan) strolls into town. His anarchistic rantings and delusions inspire a nerdy garbage collector (James Urbaniak) to write poems, while Henry half-heartedly tries to boink the guy's sister (Parker Posey). As the poet prospers, Henry declines. Nothing special about any of the characters or the story. A pitch for Harold and Maude's Ghost would have been quoted higher odds of ever making it to a screen.

But Parker Posey ain't the semi-official Queen of the Indies for nothing'. So when writer/director Hal Hartley came up with a new incarnation for his cast, a film was born. Though we catch up with the same characters many years, they're in a completely different sort of dark comedy; this one's laced with espionage! Henry may have been an international spy - and possible double, or even triple, agent - for years before meeting the others. He's either dead or in hiding from agents and authorities of many countries. Everyone wants his rambling, incoherent journal which just may contain coded secrets that could destabilize nations and economies. Posey's Fay is either the wife he left to go on the lam, or his widow, depending on who's telling the truth. Fay's efforts to find Henry and/or the hotly-contested journals include a globe-trotting gauntlet of multinational hit-persons and henchmen at every turn. She never knows who to believe or trust. Nor do we.

While herding these unlikely characters into Jason Bourne/Jack Ryan territory, Hartley's script retains the ironic deadpan humor of their first appearance, steering clear of slapstick in exposing them to physical menaces. His sly lampoon of the paranoia, duplicity and musical-chairs alliances of today's geopolitics starts to crumble towards the end. Even so, fans of the first movie will be pleasantly surprised by the novelty of Hartley's recycling methods. (5/18/07)


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