"In an inspired bit of casting, Jeff Goldblum — whose own stop-start delivery mixes well with Hartley's trademark deadpan banter — joins the party as a U.S. government agent who persuades Fay to travel to Europe to collect several missing volumes of Henry's "Confessions" which have unexpectedly emerged. On the continent, Fay becomes a pinball pawn bouncing among a slew of foreign agents and assassins, including Saffron Burrows as a long-legged Israeli and Hartley regular Elina Löwensohn as a shadowy figure of dubious origin. The films of Hartley have always been lyrical, full of harmonious touches ranging from the rhythm of his dialogue, and the quality of his visual compositions to the music he uses, often composed by the writer-director himself under the name Ned Rifle. They also often follow an almost absurdist formalism. Although "Fay Grim" is clearly of a piece with his previous films, it marks new generic territory for the filmmaker. "Amateur" had aspects of the Hitchcockian thriller, but this film feels like Hartley has been handed a Bourne or a Bond movie to direct and maintained his own style and low-budget aesthetic while thoroughly enjoying and deconstructing his new toy."
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"Hal Hartley tries to get his mojo back in "Fay Grim," an eight-years-on sequel to his best film, "Henry Fool." The dexterous literary voice is present in force, the performances tart and the use of high def among the best yet on a limited-budget bigscreen feature. But the purposely overwrought, archly acerbic tone has drifted into facetiousness which combines with an ever-more far-fetched plot to the point where the picture seems to disappear around the dark side of the moon. Hartley's always-modest fan base has retreated so far after his last two, scarcely seen efforts, "No Such Thing" and "The Girl From Monday," that it will likely take more than this to win them back. "