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No Such Thing (2001)

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.

Director:

Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margrét Ákadóttir Margrét Ákadóttir ... Rental Agent
Julie Anderson Julie Anderson ... Beautician
Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir ... Sólveig
Ilene Bergelson Ilene Bergelson ... Ethel
Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir ... Marta (as Guðrún Bjarnadóttir)
Bessi Bjarnason Bessi Bjarnason ... Captain
Helgi Björnsson Helgi Björnsson ... Leó
Robert John Burke ... The Monster
Julie Christie ... Dr. Anna
Stacy Dawson Stacy Dawson ... Mugger
Maria Ellingsen ... Karlsdóttir / Gate Manager (as María Ellingsen)
Anthony Giangrande ... Journalist
Erica Gimpel ... Judy
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... First Mate
Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir ... Ticket Clerk
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A modern day fable.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA | Iceland

Language:

English | Icelandic

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,324, 31 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,006, 14 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shares similarities with the French legend of Beauty and the Beast, and the Danish legend of Beowulf. See more »

Goofs

It is never explained why a reclusive Icelandic Monster should speak English with an American accent. Maybe he absorbs the language of people he kills, but the issue is never addressed. See more »

Quotes

The Monster: The time it takes to kill these morons is... depressing.
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Connections

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Art-house Fairy Tale
24 April 2005 | by hokeybuttSee 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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