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The Girl from Monday (2005)

Cast: Bill Sage, Sabrina Lloyd, Tatiana Abracos, more...
Director: Hal Hartley
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Possible Films Collection
Genre: Independent, Science Fiction
Running Time: 84 min.

In this stylized, futuristic account of friendship, sacrifice, and free love in the information age, an unchecked consumer society has an indelible impact on our sexualities, terrorism and the difficulty in distinguishing elected officials from other corporate elites.

Hal Hartley has referenced Jean Luc-Godard before, but his wry indie sci-fi The Girl From Monday goes full throttle into Godard mode, Hartley's variation on Alphaville by way of Masculin/Feminin. Jump cuts, guerrilla shooting, "naturalistic" overlapping dialogue - French New Wave trademarks, and all on display in Hartley's work. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Sean Axmaker called Monday "a snarky satire of consumerism in the guise of pseudo sci-fi. Imagine 1984 by way of The Man Who Fell to Earth with Hartley's trademark dry humor, deadpan delivery and intellectual word games." The Chicago Reader's Jonathan Rosenbaum considers Hartley's first feature in three years to be "flaky, funny, and sexy... Hartley's playful sense of the absurd as he confronts the relation of consumerism to sex is more philosophical than political, less despairing than grimly amused - and more thoughtful as a consequence."

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Hal Hartley.

Jonathan Rosenbaum has called Hartley's The Girl From Monday as "flaky, funny and sexy," but it's also rather dense and quite different from his earlier work. Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow talk to Hartley about the evolution of his work and his latest project, Possible Films. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Little Sci-Fi, A Little Satire, All Hartley-esque by talltale December 6, 2005 - 5:08 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Bless Hal Hartley. He just keeps turning out movies his own way, like 'em or not. I usually do, and THE GIRL FROM MONDAY is no exception. My partner found it baffling, but I was willing to follow it anywhere. Hartley has charm to spare at the oddest times (the shot of the three sleeping fugitives, eyes like slits), and his interesting take on the future, when we're all bar-coded and sex is even more of a commodity (is that possible? Yes, indeed), is quite pointed. His little asides (where will our future high school teachers come from?) are quietly hilarious, too. Nowhere near Hartley's best (that's "Henry Fool"), this is still a perfectly OK place to start, if you want to discover his work. Or to continue, if you're already a fan.

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