Fay Grim

Synopsis: 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 ...
Director(s): Hal Hartley
Production: Magnolia Pictures
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118 min



Are you okay?

I'm afraid.

Why? Has something happened?

I'm afraid for my son.

He's 14.

Boys have been known to survive that, Fay.

I'm afraid he'll grow up to be...

...well... like his father.

I know... I know what you're thinking.

Forgive the man...

...nobody's perfect.

But I go forgive him.

I always did.

That's my problem.

I mean, like, who was Henry anyway?

We lived together for 7 years.

Had a child. Shared a home.

And I don't even know where he came from.

You must miss him very much, I think.

Excuse me.

Hi, it's Fay.


Thank you for coming.

This is the end of the line for you, Mister.

- But, Mom...

- Sit up straight.

Let's step inside.

Ned brought this pornographic

device to school today...

...and was caught showing it off

to the other children.

- What is it?

- See for yourself.

- Mom, you got to turn it on.

- Where?

It has a crank thing on the side.


That's cool, huh?

Where did you get this?

It came in the mail.

- Whose mail?

- Our mail.

- Since when do you open the mail?

- It was addressed to me.

Well, then who sent it to you?

I don't know.

There was no return address or letter or anything.

It's an orgy.

Yeah, I know that, Ned.

Fay, where he got it is not the issue.

The point is he can't bring

this sort of thing into the school.

You're grounded like... forever.

- Come on. Let's go.

- Fay.

Can I have a word with you in private?

It's no secret in this school,

or in this town, of course...

That Ned's father was no model citizen.

Tell me about it.

I took back my maiden name.

Yes... your maiden name.

But it is also not lost on your neighbors

or Ned's classmate that his uncle...

...your brother, is the notorious

and controversial poet, Simon Grim.

Yes. We're very proud of Simon.

Fay, your bother is in a state penitentiary.


Well he's hardly a role model.

Ned can't help who his family is.


Have you ever thought of moving

to a different town?


- Good afternoon, Fay.

- Hi.

Mister James is expecting you.

Can I take these?

This way please.

Fay, Hello. I'm Angus.

It's nice to meet you finally after all these years.

You're not going to stop publishing

Simon's poetry are you?

What? No.

His royalty checks are the only thing

we have to live on, we just moved to a new home.

No, no, not at all. Please. Fay, no.

Simon's been a gold mine.

I'd be insane to drop him.

And don't you worry about those royalty checks.

And if I may say so...

I consider Simon my friend.

Oh. Yeah. Okay.


and you might be surprised to hear this... Fay.

Iconoclastic avant garde... poetry of

the kind your brother has come to personify.

This marginal yet vital form

of artistic expression...

...is becoming less and less popular in America.

- Oh no, really?

- Yes, but I have an idea.

Fay, are you aware that I once read

your husband's book? His Confessions?

Yes, Simon tried to get you to publish them.

That's right, he did.

And I decided against it...

...even though Simon threatened to renege

on our deal to publish his own poetry.

I remember.

It was a trying time.

To be perfectly frank, Fay...

...I must tell youl thought

Henry's book was quite bad.

- Simon thought so too.

- Yes, he did.


Since your brother's trial five years ago,

things have changed.

Simon, you're being charged with the

willful obstruction of justice...

...aiding and abetting a known criminal...

...of falsifying official documents.

Why would a world... famous poet,

a literary celebrity,

stoop to help a man of such

negligible redeeming value

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Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley (born November 3, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and composer who became a key figure in the American independent film movement of the 1980s and '90s. He is best known for his films Trust, Amateur and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humour and offbeat characters quoting philosophical dialogue.His films provided a career launch for a number of actors, including Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Karen Sillas and Elina Löwensohn. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle, and his soundtracks regularly feature music by indie rock acts Yo La Tengo and PJ Harvey. more…

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