It’s not quite “The Avengers,” but Hal Hartley has slowly built his own cinematic universe of characters. Kicking off with the Cannes prize-winning “Henry Fool,” continued in “Fay Grim,” and now capped off in “Ned Rifle,” the trilogy chronicles the lives of those unfortunate enough to cross the path of notorious author Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan). And a new trailer for the series ending dramedy has arrived.
Featuring Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, and Martin Donovan, the story picks up with Henry’s son Ned, who embarks on a mission to track down his father and kill him for ruining his mother’s life. But those plans are thrown for a loop by Susan, a sexy superfan of Henry Fool, who may have her own sinister reasons for finding the writer. The final result is a movie that’s mostly a fan-only affair. In my review out of TIFF I wrote: “The mileage will vary depending on how you’ve felt about the progression of the series so far, but if you’re even mildly curious to find out what awaits the outrageous and exasperating Henry Fool, ‘Ned Rifle’ is worth making some time for.”
“Ned Rifle” will screen at SXSW and will premiere on Vimeo this spring. Watch below.