2015 USA Film Festival: Ned Rifle
Iconic filmmaker Hal Hartley concludes the cult-classic trilogy he began with Henry Fool (1997) and Fay Grim (2007) with Ned Rifle. In this final chapter, Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan) and Fay’s (Parker Posey) divinely inspired son, Ned (a returning Liam Aiken), sets out on a quest to find and kill his father in retribution for the harm he’s done to the Grim family. He’s frustrated at every turn by the troublesome, attractive and possibly disturbed Susan (Aubrey Plaza), who has a surprising connection to Henry.
Hartley caps his trilogy perfectly with a film that is tragic and comic in equal measures, boasting his trademark quirkiness and featuring returning Hartley regulars and indie mainstays Martin Donovan, James Urbaniak, Robert John Burke and Bill Sage.