Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Iceland/USA, 2001. American Zoetrope, Icelandic Film, True Fiction Pictures. Screenplay by Hal Hartley. Cinematography by Michael Spiller. Produced by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Hal Hartley, Cecilia Kate Roque. Music by Hal Hartley. Production Design by Arni Pall Johannsson. Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming, Helga I. Stefánsdóttir. Film Editing by Steve Hamilton.
A surprisingly energetic Sarah Polley plays a young newspaper intern who is sent to Iceland to find out what happened to her missing photographer fiance. He and his crew were sent to research a story about a mysterious creature who lives in a seaside US missile silo, but haven’t been heard from since they arrived. She goes to the abandoned research site herself and meets what can only be described as a monster (Robert John Burke). It’s a Hal Hartley film, so this monster is as articulate and philosophical as he is hideous to look at. The pleasure to be taken from this low-key indie flick is the endearing and touching relationship that grows between the two leads, both of whom are perfectly cast. Supporting cast members Helen Mirren and Julie Christie also add much, as does the gorgeous Icelandic scenery against the beautiful musical score.