Writer/director Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool introduced the world to the self-described exile, ex-convict, and writer who takes garbage man poet Simon Grim under his wing. In Fay Grim, Fool’s wife finds herself caught up in international intrigues when she’s recruited to recover the fugitive Henry’s “Confession,” which serves as an account of his time with the CIA. Hartley now completes his unexpected trilogy with Ned Rifle, which shifts the perspective to Henry and Fay’s son. A pious man, Ned seeks out his father with the intention of killing him for all the harm he has done to Fay. Liam Aiken reprises his role as Ned, a film he played as a young boy in Henry Fool and as a teenager in Fay Grim. Ned Rifle also sees the return of Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry, Parker Posey as Fay, and James Urbaniak as Simon. Aubrey Plaza joins the cast as Susan, Fay’s mysterious biographer who talks her way into joining Ned in his search for Henry. Ned Rifle screened during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, with Hal Hartley in attendance, and is now available for VOD viewing. In addition to the Henry Fool trilogy, Hal Hartley has directed The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, Flirt, No Such Thing, and The Girl From Monday.
Aired: April 2, 2015
Web site: http://halhartley.com/