No Such Thing (2001)

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"No Such Thing" tells the story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancée only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margrét Ákadóttir ...
Rental Agent
Julie Anderson ...
Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir ...
Ilene Bergelson ...
Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir ...
Marta (as Guðrún Bjarnadóttir)
Bessi Bjarnason ...
Helgi Björnsson ...
Dr. Anna
Stacy Dawson ...
Karlsdóttir / Gate Manager (as María Ellingsen)
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ...
First Mate
Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir ...
Ticket Clerk


Beatrice works as a researcher at a sensationalist New York based media organization, although she is more often than not tasked with making coffee than anything else. Unlike her colleagues, she is shy, soft spoken and a Plain Jane of a woman. She convinces her cutthroat boss to send her on assignment to Iceland, where one of their camera crews, led by Beatrice's fiancé Jim, has gone missing, they who were investigating eyewitness accounts of what was largely seen as a long held urban myth of a medieval monster. En route to Iceland, Anna becomes the sole survivor of the plane crashing, her survival considered a miracle. She is quickly abandoned in Iceland by her boss, as she will not consent to become the media darling to tell the story of the crash, leaving her alone in her long physical and emotional recovery. Beatrice believes her emotional recovery can only be fulfilled by still finding out what happened to Jim, the camera crew who were last known to be in a remote and isolated ... Written by Huggo

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A modern day fable.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

15 November 2002 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Monster  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$25,324 (USA) (29 March 2002)


$60,006 (USA) (12 April 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hal Hartley originally wanted Jean-Luc Godard to play the role of The Monster. See more »


When the two men are shot in the airport, the imprint of one of the actors' "blood bag"s can be seen through his shirt. See more »


The Monster: [sighs]
Beatrice: What are you thinking about?
The Monster: [after a long pause] Nobody's afraid of me any more.
Beatrice: [She pats his back and rests her head on his shoulder] I'm afraid of you.
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References Beauty and the Beast (1946) See more »

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Creepin' to reach the shore...

Hal Hartley's strange tale opens with a monster giving a soliloquy in the vein of the sad reflection that Count Dracula makes on his condition, while Jonathan Harker listens, in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu". The story alternates between modern settings of a television network and the home in Iceland of a legendary monster that -as in "King Kong"- will become a victim of the manipulative methods of the communication media (with Helen Mirren in charge.) The scenes dealing with the reserved journalist (Sarah Polley in an outstanding underacted performance) surviving a plane crash, meeting a community of weirdoes in Iceland and finally facing the monster, are the most attractive; the following is rather clichéd, though this endearing monster (who looks like a rock star) keeps making until the end, insightful comments on human beings, when we were still creeping "to reach the shore", and our destructive ways. 8/10.

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