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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

Hal Hartley originally wanted Jean-Luc Godard to play the role of The Monster. 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: Nobody's afraid of me any more.
Beatrice: ...I'm afraid of you
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Connections

References Beauty and the Beast (1946) See more »

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The monster speaks!
21 July 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Hal Hartley is an original film maker. With this film, which I recently saw in DVD form, he presents us a modern day parable about the media an its influence on our lives.

It's curious to see how ahead of his times Mr. Hartley is when he deals with paranoia, even before the attacks of 9/11, in his own subtle way. It was not intentional, I'm sure, but he proves to have a keen eye for what was coming.

The film is not one of Mr. Hartley's best, but we see his sure hand behind all what he is trying to do here. He is working with a cast that is working with him for the first time, with the exception of Robert John Burke, the Monster. Sarah Polley, is one of the best actresses working in movies these days. Her Beatrice is a study in contrasts. Also excellent, as always, is Helen Mirren, Beatrice's boss who is ruthless, arrogant, and manipulative. She knows the secret of how to get attention in the worst possible ways. Julie Christie makes a rare appearance as a kind doctor who befriends Beatrice.

The scenery in Iceland is magnificent and Mr. Hartley captures it brilliantly.


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