Friday, April 4, 2008

Simple Men

"Simple Men" (Hal Hartley, 1992)

For an American movie, this would probably make a good French film along the lines of Betty Blue, if it had a little more elàn and pace; most of all, pace. It is a melodrama without the melodramatics; so stagey at times, you expect to see the proscenium arch. It has a dynamic enough plotline: two brothers (one of whom is on the run) seek out estranged father (also on the run) but Hartley seems more interested in presenting us with a cast of quirks who engage in self-consciously quirky behavior and are prone to musings on the nature of things that almost sound profound but are ultimately no more interesting than the kind of conversations you had as a stoned college student.

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