Henry Fool [DVD] 
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Henry Fool is a faustian black comedy about a nerdy garbage man who s life is turned upside down by Henry Fool an ex convict, sex offending, chain smoking, beer guzzling egomaniac. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the 'great American poem', but as Simon begins his controversial ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize winning poet, Henry s past is about to catch up with him. This is the first time Henry Fool' has been available in the UK on DVD. SPECIAL FEATURES: Two Short Films by Hal Hartley - The Theory of Achievement & Ambition
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Henry Fool covers vast areas of literary philosophy and it is itself literary in its sheer story-telling. Ever intriguing, the characters jump off the screen, larger-than-life, yes, but, oh, so honestly displayed, we feel we know these individuals, like they were friends and neighbours.
James Urbaniak, as the gangly, bespectacled refuse collector, Simon, whose social graces are near nil, who we see right at the start stumbling across a fornicating couple, is superb. Via several narrative routes, Simon gets to meet up with roguish, ex-con (sex offender) Faustian, Henry Fool, who is a confident, scruffy novelist (Thomas Jay Ryan). Henry gets Simon to write, in an attempt to get his thoughts and feelings out and to communicate better with the world.
Over the film's two-and-a-quarter hours, we witness Henry messing up his life more and more - getting Simon's sister (Posey) pregnant and drinking into addiction and getting further into debt. Meanwhile, Simon's poetry is cautiously received, initially cited as 'pornographic' but daring and brilliant, culminating in a Nobel Prize. Henry, meanwhile, always on the cusp (but never getting there) of finishing his own great memoirs, being actually rather untalented, falls further apart.
What ensues from Hartley's Cannes-winning screenplay is a detailed, original and very realistic tale of two oddballs and their surrounding loved ones and associates, which never rushes either them, nor us.Read more ›
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As a Hal Hartley fan, this didn't disappoint, independent cinema and screenwriting at its best. I'm not often wowed so comforting to know Hal is still one of the chief mustard... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by HoHaCaboodle
This is an age "in which we are camped like bewildered travellers in a garish, unrestful hotel" [Joseph Conrad - Victory]. Which adequately describes the protagonists in this film. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2010 by Mr. C. A. Laurie