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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 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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$126,242, 10 June 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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FayGrimwasareallyfastpacedbutgoodmovie
25 August 2011 | by FatMan-QaTFMSee all my reviews

As you may have figured out, I have trouble praising good films. There's just not much to say without ruining them. I'll do my best though.

Fay Grim stars the Queen of Indie, Parker Posey. While she's fabulously talented, I just don't find her that attractive, and therefore I'm not as excited as I should be about her 16 films a year. But I digress, and I'm not sure why I even went there. Psychoanalyze me, psychos.

This is actually my first Hal Hartley film, and I was pleasantly surprised by the twisting story and fast paced dialog. I think Fay Grim is probably a little too smart for most viewers - not Syriana "smart" where it throws unrelated facts at you for a few hours and then ends with a flash of confusion, but smart in that if you're rooting around in your popcorn, you might miss what's going on. There's no repetition, it just moves.

I had the added bonus of hearing Hartley speak about his film at the Atlanta Film Festival. He didn't respond at length to many questions until someone asked about dutch angles. Then he started talking. He apparently loves them, in case you didn't figure it out by watching. He also spoke about his creative process on set where he acts out the movement he'd like to see, and then has his actors do their interpretation of how he was moving, and calls it a day. I'd love to be on set for a lot of that - fast moving and efficient film making.

Go rent it, you won't regret it.


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