The Girl from Monday (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The Girl from Monday
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.
Pointlessly stilted and frustratingly obvious.
Not one of Hartley's most successful efforts, but it's witty, daring, different and a welcome alternative to Hollywood pap.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Girl from Monday
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.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Girl from Monday" takes place in the near future when a corporation named Triple M has overthrown the government, making everything available - for a price. Jack(Bill Sage) who works for a firm that handles the advertising for Triple M is secretly a counterrevolutionary. He sends a group of kids to disrupt a government news broadcast but something goes horribly wrong and a bomb explodes, killing ten. Distraught, Jack retreats to the beach where he comes across a woman(Tatiana Abracos) appearing out of the ocean.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Girl from Monday" has some interesting ideas about idealism in a corporate culture.(For example, teaching in a high school is a form of forced labor.) But the movie's style is too close to "La Jetee" for it to be considered a success.[/font]
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