Opening on Friday, May 18 at the IFC Center is the fabulous Fay Grim. Parker Posey is wonderfully sexy and archly funny in Hal Hartley’s (sort-of) sequel to Henry Fool. Fay Grim (Posey), the Queen’s mother, is dealing with a rebellious 14-year-old, the criminal disappearance of her husband Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan ) seven years ago and her prize-winning poet brother Simon (James Urbaniack) still in jail for helping Henry flee the country.

Now a CIA agent (Jeff Goldblum) suggests that Fay travel to Paris to retrieve the notebook -- “confessions” from her husband (whom they claim is dead) --because they are coded messages with severe political implications. Her crackpot odyssey, filled with tons of political intrigue, plays like a satyric Syriana with everyone delivering their dialogue in flat deadpan style while seeming to be on the edge of hysteria. Hartley’s film is marvelously offbeat and surprisingly tender as Fay races off to Istanbul in search of her mysterious mythic husband.

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