Ned Rifle

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USA | 2014 | 85 min | Hal Hartley

April 10 - 16, 2015

American indie icon Hal Hartley completes the trilogy he began with Henry Fool and Fay Grim with the delightfully offbeat story of Henry's teenage son, Ned, who has a single, fixed purpose: to kill his father for ruining his mother’s life. But Ned's aims are frustrated by Susan (Aubrey Plaza), a curious young woman with a mysterious connection to Henry.

Like a criminally dysfunctional version of Richard Linklater's Boyhood, indie film icon Hal Hartley has been telling the story of a single family for almost 20 years. It started with Henry Fool (1997), the story of a meek garbage man inspired to write poetry by the eponymous ex-con auteur, followed by Fay Grim (2006), which followed Henry's ex-wife as she is coerced by the CIA into discovering her husband's secrets.

Now comes Ned Rifle, the conclusion of the trilogy that follows Henry and Fay's son (Liam Aiken) as he emerges from witness protection with a mission of vengeance. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome, sexy, and hilarious Susan, a graduate poetry student whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.

A funny, sad, and sexy adventure, Ned Rifle is an intellectually stimulating and compassionate satire. It is a must for fans of Hal Hartley – watch for virtually every great character actor that has ever appeared in his films – and great for newcomers, too, thanks to a hilariously wry script, and the addition of Plaza to the ensemble. It's a match made in cinematic heaven.

  • Director: Hal Hartley
  • Principal Cast: Liam Aiken, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, Thomas Jay Ryan, Martin Donovan, Karen Sillas, Robert John Burke, Bill Sage
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 85 min
  • Rating: Unrated