Writer-director Hal Hartley returns to familiar territory with this tale of suburban oddballs. Whether or not this is a good thing probably depends on your feeling about this highly idiosyncratic auteur, and at two and a half hours, the film leaves plenty of time to
ponder. Misanthropic, self-styled "artist in exile" Henry Fool (newcomer Thomas Jay Ryan) appears one afternoon, suitcase in hand, at the home of garbage man Simon Grim (James Urbaniak). Bespectacled Simon, such a tight-lipped introvert that for years he was thought to be retarded, lives with his
depressed mother (Maria Porter) and nymphomaniac sister (Parker Posey), and Henry quickly takes up residence...