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Henry Fool

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Hartley has crafted here what many consider to be his crowning achievement: a sprawling epic of a story that tackles any and everything he decides to mock, satirize, or challenge. Simon is a factory worker who lives with his nymphomaniac sister and manic depressive mother. Along comes Henry Fool, a convicted sexual offender who moves into Simon's basement. Henry sparks Simon's mind and challenges him to write "the great American poem." To everyone's dismay, he does just that. From there, events spiral even further, until Simon must eventually make an important decision: remain loyal to his friend and help him flee the country, or turn his back on what they shared together in the past. Funny, shocking, and impressively grand in its ambitions, Hartley's script takes turns that most writers would never consider actually writing down. This is an original work that will stand as one of 1998's most exhilarating motion picture experiences.
  • Credits
    Parker Posey, Kevin Corrigan, James Saito, Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Maria Porter, Liam Aiken, Miho Nikaido, Gene Ruffini
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The construct of this limber, clever meditation on fame and friendship is irresistible..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A brutally funny, vastly ambitious take on sex, politics and publishing..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[Hartley] has created probably his first full-blooded hero....Thomas Jay Ryan plays him with great charm and tenderness..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...HENRY FOOL is its own testament to the power of words....Mr. Hartley's splendidly articulate screenplay is as exacting as his visual style..."
    New York Times

    "...A marked departure for the independent filmmaker; it's darker, riskier and more ambitious than his usual fare....A film of great intent from a writer/director who doesn't want to stand still..."
    Box Office

    "...Watching Hal Hartley's HENRY FOOL is like reading a fine novel in which we come to know its people so well that their fates take on a mythic dimension..."
    Los Angeles Times

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