"No Such Thing"
Directed by Hal Hartley
A monster movie from Hal Hartley?
Perhaps, but the real monster isn't the ancient creature played by Robert
John Burke. Hartley's film makes it clear that the truly fearsome beast is
the modern day media. Sarah Polley plays a TV journalist who brings the
immortal Icelandic beast back to New York, where the spotlight shines too
brightly. Helen Mirren is Polley's ruthless boss and Julie Christie is a
sympathetic doctor. Hartley's most unusual spin on Beauty and the Beast
was also an unusual co-production, filmed partly in Iceland with the
assistance of the Icelandic Film Corporation and producer Fridrik Thor
Fridriksson (Devil's Island). Francis Ford Coppola served as one of
the executive producers. 103 minutes.