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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.

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Bill Sage
as Jack Bell
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Critic Reviews for The Girl from Monday

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

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 14, 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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Not one of Hartley's most successful efforts, but it's witty, daring, different and a welcome alternative to Hollywood pap.

May 4, 2005
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
New York Times
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Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Girl from Monday

½

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

I love some of Hal Hartley's earlier work, but this movie is a complete disaster. DVD extras and behind-the-scenes footage are worth watching if you're a Hartley fan, the movie itself is not.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

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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