Fay Grim

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Released 2006

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Director:
Hal Hartley
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Fay Grim is a 2006 sequel to the cult indie film "Henry Fool," from 1998. In that film, Fay Grim's (Parker Posey) husband, the enigmatic Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), fled the United States after inadvertently killing a man. He was assisted by his brother-in-law Simon Grim (James Ureaniakis), a Nobel Prize-winning author. Seven years later, Simon is serving a 10-year prison term for aiding in his flight while Fay is raising her 14 year old son, Ned (Liam Aiken). No one knows the whereabouts of Henry until Fay's son receives a mysterious movie in the mail that may contain some kind of secret code. The FBI shows up and tells Fay that before she met Henry, he was actually a spy that pulled off clandestine jobs around the world. This suddenly makes Henry's seemingly worthless memoirs "Confessions" a sought after property. The FBI thinks they may actually be top secret texts that threaten United States security. Fay Grim is directed by Hal Hartley, who won the best screenplay award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for "Henry Fool."moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    A sophisticated, sometimes intentionally silly spy thriller of international intrigue, Fay Grim charts the history of American foreign policy while commenting on current global com...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Too light-headed to qualify as satire, too poker-faced to register as comedy, Fay Grim belongs in its own stylistic niche: the Hal Hartley film.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A strange international odyssey that becomes more complicated and loony by the moment. Some viewers will undoubtedly tune out early, others will follow as far as they can -- and a ...

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