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No Such Thing (2001)

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

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

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$60,006 (USA) (12 April 2002)
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Burke described to Fangoria Magazine that he once decided to walk through downtown NYC in his Monster make-up, and no one gave him a second glance. See more »

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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 »

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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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