'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

April 3, 2015 12:02 PM

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If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, god and the devil in a sense co-star.

Which might not sound entertaining, yet when the writer-director is on his game, as he is in "Ned Rifle," the effect is bizarre black comedy that is designed to set you thinking about what his satire is really saying.

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