No Such Thing (2001)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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The story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancé only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being.



  • HELEN MIRREN as The Boss and ROBERT JOHN BURKE as the Monster in Hal Hartley's satiric fable NO SUCH THING (from United Artists with American Zoetrope).
  • Hal Hartley and Sarah Polley at an event for No Such Thing (2001)
  • Hal Hartley at an event for No Such Thing (2001)
  • Robert John Burke and Sarah Polley star
  • Hal Hartley at an event for No Such Thing (2001)
  • Robert John Burke stars as the monster

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30 January 2004 | EdgarST
| 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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