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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: I don't believe there is a God this cruel.
[pause]
The Monster: I don't believe there is a God. Then again, maybe I am God. Either way, I'm still fucked.
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Connections

References Beauty and the Beast (1946) See more »

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Different, kind of interesting, but goes nowhere
28 June 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

The plot of No Such Thing is the kind that dreams are often made of, it is weird yet it has something in the way of a narrative.

Sarah Polley flies to Iceland in search of her missing fiancée only to discover beast dressed in a 17th century outfit, drinking his life away from depression. He wants to die, but he cannot, because he is indescribable. The forces of man's world cannot harm him. Polley, offers to help him by brining him back to civilization. They are searching for a famed doctor who has managed to manipulate the law of physics to create a force that 'may' be strong enough to break this unbreakable monster, but first, the monster has to clean up his act.

I have always liked Sarah Polley, I think that was why I was drawn to this film. The idea was intriguing, and the film certainly is, but that does not necisarily make it good. No Such thing has no such idea of what it wants to be. Sometimes it is happy, sometimes sad, sometimes cute and sometimes grim. One thing that is consistent is it's inconstancy.

Perhaps the best way to look at No Such Thing would be to call it a twisted take on Beauty and the Beast. Even if watched this approach, it is not so easy to fall in love with the movie. Polley and her large warty co star make a poor screen couple, and they have very little to say to each other. The screenplay is mostly dialogue for the sake of dialogue.

The film keeps you going, so I wouldn't call it disappointing, but the climax is way too short and contrived, and it is followed by an almost non existent ending. It the kind that wakes you wanna ask, 'What was this all about?'

I would imagine most people who have viewed No Such Thing have asked that very question when it ended. If you wanna join the list be my guest. For better or worse, it is a very weird tale.


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