Simple Men

Simple Men ★★★★★

Practically no director is better at framing his actors than Hartley, and that extreme, Bressonian formalism only further emphasizes the self-aware distance of his dialogue. Simple Men is something of a miracle... a send-up of male melodrama that still manages to pack an emotional wallop (that closing shot!). Direct yet layered, it rewards active viewership in a way that few comedies do.