The Girl from Monday (2005)

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Independent auteur Hal Hartley wrote and directed this satirical exercise in what he calls "fake science fiction." In the near future, following a violent overthrow of the American government, the United States has come under the rule of the MMM, a Multi-Media Monopoly which runs the country as a business. Every citizen now has a personal bar code, which is used to monitor his or her consumption of practically everything, including sex, now that aphrodisiacs have become the nation's biggest consumer product. Jack (Bill Sage) and Cecile (Sabrina Lloyd) are two MMM executives who are vying for the same level of advancement within the organization, while William (Leo Fitzpatrick) is a member of the Partisans, a cadre of anti-MMM activists who are attempting to bring down the corporation's rule, though they are regarded as both dangerous and powerless by MMM's leaders. In the midst of this situation comes a beautiful woman from the planet Monday (Tatiana Abracos), who knows about Jack's little secret -- he's a fellow alien hiding out on Earth. The woman has come to Earth to bring Jack back to planet Monday, but given the currently miserable state of Jack's life, he's more interested in having a relationship with her than heading back home. The Girl From Monday has its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating: R (for language, some nudity and brief sexuality.)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Hal Hartley
Written By: Hal Hartley
In Theaters: wide
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Bill Sage
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Critic Reviews for The Girl from Monday

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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The charm, verve, and clearly articulated vision a filmmaker would need to put this over are nowhere in evidence, though Hartley's sentimentality and wan cynicism are on grating display.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Boston Globe
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A poetic satire and genre parody.

Full Review… | May 13, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Pointlessly stilted and frustratingly obvious.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Girl from Monday

Like so many science fiction fantasies, Hal Hartley's new film begins with a clever satirical premise, then stumbles all over itself trying to tell a coherent, original story.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Boring, pretentious, underacted, and lowly funded, this sci-fi failure is a spectacle of too many ideas without proper execution. By starting with an awful editing conceit, most of the audience is likely to think that either their DVD is skipping or the film's editor was drunk - and sleeping - on the job. So, there's a bunch of cheesy government pions chasing down people who don't conform to the current social standards of generating currency, and a girl from another planet who... I don't even know, because the film is so achingly boring I couldn't even finish it. And there's nothing like a good voice-over to remind you that there was supposed to a plot for you to follow. Do yourself a service and avoid this sophomoric entry at all costs.

Bryan Way
Bryan Way

Pretty badly muddled film that tries too hard to say something meaningful. Blurry action, stuttering frames, a voice over from the main character that borders on a monotone, and beautiful bodies that never reveal anything meaningful. The corporation makes the rules, adding commercial value to society is everything, and sex is the coin that drives the economy. Add to that extra-terrestrials who come to earth to retrieve those who have come before, and then get stuck here themselves. Counter-revolutionaries think they are making a difference, but their violence only feeds the appetite of the almighty corporate giant. Dark, moody, and so obscure as to render it almost unintelligible, this viewer really can't recommend it.

Mark Abell
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