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The Girl from Monday (2005)

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A comic drama about a time in the near future when citizens are happy to be property traded on the stock exchange.

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Jack
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Cecile
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The Girl From Monday
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William
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Abercrombie
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Funk
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Rita
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Adjuster
David Neumann ...
Soldier 1
Ryan Bronz ...
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Judge
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Ted
Normandy Sherwood ...
Emily
James Stanley ...
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In the not-distant-future, the market has taken over everything, thanks to the marketers. The consumer is king, and those who see value outside of the marketplace are "enemies of the consumer", terrorists, and "partisan" enemies that the state must dispose of. Protagonist Jack seems to be at one with the media corporations (after all, his marketing ideas led to the institutionalization of the exchange of sex for enhanced buying power), but is he somehow involved with the feeble and pathetic resistance movement? Does he love Cecile, his colleague, or is she a pawn in his game? And what of the mysterious girl from Monday? Are immigrants from the star system "Monday" really assisting the partisans? Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Rated R for language, some nudity and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 July 2005 (USA)  »

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A Rapariga de Monday  »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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While Cecelia is listening back to test scores, one student's name mentioned is "Warren Cuccurullo", the name of a guitarist who's played with Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, and Duran Duran. See more »

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Jack: It's such a long way down, it's strange. The word becomes - flesh? The body remains... what? She had traveled light years to get here. And in the vaporous fields of her home star no one had bodies, or names, or identity. A living thought or feeling, stretching out in all directions. Not measured but desired, elegant. But here, in the flesh, the revolution had come.
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a meditation on sex and interpersonal distance at times of not-too-distant future advanced capitalism
26 February 2005 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

It is a typical Hal Hartley in terms of the mood he creates. Long in-door shots, the disconcert between sound and sight. As always he uses cheap material. for instance one suspects that the black goggles that the cops wear -with the red light in the center- may be like a 10 dollar toy bought from Chinatown. But this combined with the camera moves and lights allows him to create a different world that is often visually convincing. Although I heard people in the audience murmur about the connection with the space being unconvincing, I totally disagree.

It is a meditation on capitalism where the term 'flesh market' gets literal. He weaves this theme in with reflections on the sense of the extremeness of the boundaries between individuals in modern capitalist society. How one feeds the other, in fact makes the other possible. I found it very successful although sometimes a bit didactic.


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