Monday, 2 April 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 99: Tue Apr 10

Simple Men (Hartley, 1992): Close-Up Cinema, 8.15pm


This excellent movie is part of the Hal Hartley season at Close-Up Cinema during April (full details here) and is also being shown on April 12th (click here for more information).

Chicago Reader review:
The third feature by Hal Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth, Trust) stars Robert Burke as a small-time computer criminal who's just been betrayed by his girlfriend. He teams up with his younger brother (William Sage) to look for their runaway father, a radical activist, and in the course of their search they meet a couple of unusual women, the proprietress of an oyster bar (Karen Sillas) and an epileptic Romanian (Elina Lowensohn). Closer in spirit to the Godardian mannerism of Hartley's shorts than to his more naturalistic previous features—though with the same impulse toward manic (and mantric) repetitions—this has the best and funniest dialogue of any of his films. It's not entirely clear where this 1992 movie winds up, but the journey is provocative. With Martin Donovan and Mark Chandler Bailey.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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