Henry Fool

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Time Out says

Looser, more expansive and certainly more scatological than Hartley's earlier work, this very funny, finally touching fable focuses on the way Henry Fool (Ryan) - a bawdy, rebellious, intellectually gifted drifter, and quite possibly a charlatan - transforms the lives of the inhabitants of a small town: notably, shy, put-upon Simon Grim (Urbaniak), who under Fool's auspices becomes both celebrated as a writer and demonised as a pornographer; his promiscuous sister (Posey) and depressive mother (Porter). For all its outrageous black humour, however, it remains a Hartley movie, with its wittily stylised dialogue, droll performances, crisp camerawork and its profoundly ironic musings on the nature of art and its status in society - musings which surely reflect on Hartley's own status as an ambitious but marginalised film-maker.
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Release details

UK release:

1997

Duration:

137 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Hal Hartley

Cast:

Kevin Corrigan, Maria Porter, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, Thomas Jay Ryan, Veanne Cox

Music:

Hall Hartley

Production Designer:

Steve Rosenzweig

Editor:

Steve Hamilton

Cinematography:

Mike Spiller

Screenwriter:

Hal Hartley

Producer:

Hal Hartley

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