Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Fay Grim

Year: 2006
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 minutes

Fay Grim

Indie king throughout the 90s, Hal Hartley brings his cool reserve to a post-9/11 world in FAY GRIM, a sequel to his outstanding film, "Henry Fool." Hartley assembles the original cast: James Urbaniak as Simon Grim, Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool, and Parker Posey as Fay Grim. This is a dry comedy (dry as in a good martini) that spins into an international spy spoof as Fay tries to find her self-exiled husband, Henry Fool. The plot is sheer lunacy, the dialogue is silly, and smartly so, and those tilted camera angles keep things off-kilter. The "story" is that CIA agent Fulbright (Jeff Goldblum) lures Fay to Paris to recover either Henry, or Henry's infamous "confessions" - sub-par prose that may be encrypted with a host of national security secrets. Turns out other world governments are after the "confessions," and an atypical, extended chase ensues. –A.S.

CIFF31 Screenings

Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:30 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 4:30 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley

Jason Kilot, Joana Vicente, Martin Hagemann, Mike S. Ryan, Hal Hartley

Sarah Cawley

Hal Hartley

Principal Cast
Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, James Urbaniak, Saffron Burrows, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan

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