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Two men on a search for their father, who may or may not be guilty of a profound wrong or disastrous mistake. Two women waiting for something or someone. In outline, the basic plot sounds like any number of Hollywood dramas or romantic comedies, but in this film there is something so fresh about the dialogue with its musical punctuation and simple but unique staging. The style he employs here, of characters speaking like they were in a soap opera -- not quite acting but emoting and standing as mouthpiece for a play of ideas that is tied to the action -- works when it is subtle and simple as it is in this film and in others like Henry Fool.

Taken to an extreme it can become a bit annoying, as in Fay Grim which feels just too big and unwieldy to work. Here it is just right, and at just the right moments is broken by absurdly funny set pieces like a spontaneous musical outburst in response to the Sonic Youth or a cigarette-smoking nun who assaults a police officer. Hartley is the closest we have to an American Godard. First thing's first, Hal Hartley's films will probably never be everyone's "cup of tea. In the same year that yielded such wonderful American movies as "Bob Roberts," "The Player," and "Night on Earth," "Simple Men" stands tall as a wonderful contribution to world cinema.

In an interview, Hartley once said that he disputed people saying he wasn't a traditional fim-maker.

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He argued that he was a traditional film-maker, but that his tradition was people like Bertolt Brecht and Andy Warhol. Evolving from that alternative tradition, Hartley is a master of understatement, both as a writer and a director. Because of this, he is often able to reveal simple truths with more emotional impact than many more superficially passionate films. While some of his subsequent films have been more ambitious and in some ways even better than this one, "Simple Men" is the one that sticks with me like no other.

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The film is many things: It begins as a bookish and somewhat naive son's quest to learn the truth about his father a noted short-stop and political fugitive. He is accompanied by his older brother, who joins his quest for more material reasons. The quest takes them to a place which feels both completely concrete yet somehow divorced from reality. In this place, the younger brother learns a great deal more about life, while the older brother discovers depths of feeling and commitment within himself that he never imagined he had.

Trying to give a literal description of this film's plot would do it an injustice, because that plot is ultimately a means to explore the intriguing characters who make their way through it. Suffice it to say that after watching it, you will be surprised at how moving this film is and how honest it is about the relationships which bind men and women together.

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It's not expressed with words, and we don't need to communicate it. It's there, and we show it by knowingly doing stupid things together.

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Telling each other we care just makes things awkward It's like Romeo and Juliet. They were willing to die together. Well, it's not as romantic with guys, but the fact remains, we are willing to die side by side. That's how we express love.

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The last person I could see may be my best friend because the question was asked "What would happen if we shot a propane tank with a rifle? I try to recreate that feeling of love with a girl, and right away I'm a jerk.

What do you mean you don't want to sleep in the back of a car at an all day music festival? Or, yes I realize it's unsafe, but we are both here, and really what could go wrong? How do flowers replace a general lack of self-preservation. I'm trying to show you I love you by nearly killing you, but being right there with you. Adrenaline is to boys what flowers are to girls. I make all those gestures and you still want a love letter.

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How about we jump dirt bikes I'll let you pick the music. I offer shotguns, and off-road races but it's still not enough. I'll even let you drive, which in the male world is the largest sign of trust. If you see two dudes about to do something incredibly stupid, and you see one hand the other keys, you know those guys are brothers from different mothers. Here is the long and the short of it. Personally, I get it.

My girlfriend likes safety, security and endless amounts of back rubs. I bring her flowers just because, and write notes about my feelings.