Monday, June 19, 2006

The Girl From Monday: Grade A


The Girl From Monday

Bill Sage, Sabrina Lloyd, Tatiana Abracos; Director=Hal Hartley

A sci-fi story, set in the future, when a giant marketing monopoly has taken over the country (or is it the world?). They monitor every citizen’s impulses then create products and services to satisfy them. Independent thinkers, the bright and curious, are weeded out early. Immigrants from outer space try to rebel against the system. The story is very similar to Godard’s 1965 “Alphaville,” and themes from “The Fifth Element” are borrowed, along with “Splash” – an alien woman (from the ocean) has to learn earth culture quickly by watching TV. Bill Sage looks like a young Robert Redford, and the two main women look like young Genvieve Bujold (high forehead, eyes low on the head, disappearing nose, small chin). So all in all, the movie is an unoriginal pastiche. Still, it’s an engaging story, good social satire, humorous script, good acting, fantastic, dreamlike photography, and interesting music. Those features overcome its lack of originality.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with Grade A on this film also. To know Hartley is to love Hartley. Folks that are attracted to big budgets, lots of CG effects and "in your face" plots generally don't like his manicured dialog and unusual filming techniques. This film was a mesmerizing Orwellian dream and I appreciated the clever satire on mass consumerism. I'm also a huge Bill Sage fan. He is as chiseled and stunning as he is talented. I also like Simple Men and Henry Fool, two other Hartley pictures.