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With: Bill Sage, Sabrina Lloyd, Tatiana Abracos, Leo Fitzpatrick, and D.J. Mendel
Written by: Hal Hartley
Directed by: Hal Hartley
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 84
Date: 01/26/2005

The Girl From Monday (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Getting Credit

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Hal Hartley's peculiar sci-fi story The Girl From Monday, a huge corporation known as MMM (Major Multimedia Monopoly) controls all consumerism, and bar-coded humans must submit to scans to bolster their credit ratings.

An ethereally beautiful girl (Tatiana Abracos) arrives from the planet Monday to find a strayed alien (Bill Sage), who works for the company, and take him back. Sabrina Lloyd co-stars as a cute co-worker who becomes a revolutionary and causes no end of trouble.

Like Hartley's other films, the utterly deadpan The Girl From Monday operates on its own frequency. Through clever use of digital video, Hartley dips the film in a kind of creepy, futuristic vibe, utilizing strobe effects and color dumps in lieu of expensive special effects. Like THX-1138, it's a cry for humans to take back their humanity, but this time the cry is mixed with some stifled laughter.

In 2013, Olive Films released The Girl from Monday on DVD, in a double bill with another Hartley film, The Book of Life.

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