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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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The Boss
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Dr. Anna
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The Monster
Margrét Ákadóttir ...
Rental agent
Julie Anderson ...
Beautician
Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir ...
Sólveig
Ilene Bergelson ...
Ethel
Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir ...
Marta (as Guðrún Bjarnadóttir)
Bessi Bjarnason ...
Captain
Helgi Björnsson ...
Leó
Stacy Dawson ...
Mugger
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Karlsdóttir / Gate-Manager (as María Ellingsen)
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Judy
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Disgusted with human evolution and a society driven by instant gratification and voyeuristic sensationalism, a foul-mouthed Monster kills anyone who crosses his path. When a news crew sent to investigate the Monster disappears, their ratings-obsessed boss sends a guileless young woman to follow up on the story. This young journalist forges an unlikely friendship with the Monster. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A modern day fable.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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15 November 2002 (Iceland)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$60,006 (USA) (12 April 2002)
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Hal Hartley originally wanted Jean-Luc Godard to play the role of The Monster. See more »

Goofs

The ship which rescues Beatrice from the plane crash at sea gives its position as 45.72 (degrees) W, 38.50 N, which is nowhere near Iceland or any Great Circle flight path between New York and Europe, for that matter. See more »

Quotes

The Boss: The world needs to know!
Beatrice: Why?
The Boss: What?
Beatrice: Why does the world need to know how it feels to crash into the sea?
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Art-house Fairy Tale
24 April 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

NO SUCH THING (3 outta 5 stars) A weird kind of project for indy art movie writer/director Hal Hartley... a modern day version of "Beauty and the Beast". A heavily made-up Robert John Burke is "The Beast", a near-immortal monster living as far from humanity as he can. Unfortunately, people still keep seeking him out, causing him to respond with violence. All he really wants is the peace of death... and when pretty, young reporter Sarah Polley is taken to him as a sort of sacrifice he offers to spare her life if she'll help him find a missing scientist who may be able to grant him his fondest wish. The movie starts out well... the monster gets some funny, earthy dialogue and the tentative relationship with "The Beauty" doesn't seem too forced. Towards the end, however, the story seems to fall apart a bit... becoming less believable and a little unfocused. The movie concludes in grand "art movie" style... with a series of arty crosscuts and fades that look very stylish... but don't really bring things to a satisfying close.


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