The Girl From Monday (2005)

HAL HARTLEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5

USA, 2005. , . Screenplay by Hal Hartley. Cinematography by . Produced by , Hal Hartley. Music by Hal Hartley. Production Design by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by Steve Hamilton.

Hal Hartley indulges himself in an interminable exercise in speculative fiction that takes place in a near-future world, where human beings have extended capitalism to the point of making human bodies the actual commodities being traded on the market floor. Sexual activity affects a person’s monetary value and makes them vulnerable to legal oversight for their behaviour, which in one case gets a marketing firm employee () sent up the river having an affair with a teenager, her sentence to teach high school since, in this dystopian nightmare, only convicts can be safely entrusted with the job.

plays Lloyd’s co-worker, one of the marketing wizards who brought about this technological revolution, who takes a good close look at the world he helped build when he encounters a strange woman () who turns out to be a visitor from another planet, an alien who has come looking for a friend of hers who has gone rogue.

Part Nicolas Roeg’s Man Who Fell To Earth, part Godard’s Alphaville with smatterings of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell thrown into the mix, this woefully unpleasant film is all jargon and exposition, Hartley is so incredibly clever in his allegory for the future of humanity that he forgets to include any actual humanity in the proceedings.

Made on a miniscule budget during a period in which the technology for DIY digital video was incredibly cheap and amateur looking, the film is as ugly as it is boring and has none of the cool effortless vibe that makes the director so popular with his fans.

 

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