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No Such Thing (2001)

The story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancé 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 ... 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 (Sarah Polley) works as a researcher at a sensationalist New York City-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 (Dame Helen Mirren) 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, Beatrice 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... 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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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 can't go out there and be expected not to kill anybody.
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Connections

References The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

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TERRIFIC ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!
16 July 2003 | by tropicthunderheadSee all my reviews

Luckily, I stumbled upon this movie on the SUNDANCE channel. Having NEVER heard of it and only stopping to watch it because I caught it at the beginning and figured I'd give it a look. I kept switching back to the INFO button and was very curious to see how I was watching a movie about a MONSTER when cinematographically it looked like a dramatic independent film...As I kept watching, I became more engrossed in this film as it wasn't heading where I expected...I'm usually good at pinpointing the basics of where the movie will go...About 3/4 of the way through I figured it was another take on "Beauty and the Beast" but it STILL ended up surprising me...I won't say more so I don't give away the CINEMATIC RIDE I so thankfully happened upon. SUPERB DIRECTION AND ACTING! Robert John Burke (the Monster) and Sarah Polley delivered wonderfully believable performances! TWO THUMBS WAY UP for the surprising CREATIVITY of all involved!


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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

Gross USA:

$62,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,703
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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