Robert John Burke
Sarah Polley (THE CLAIM, GO) would be reason enough to see any film, as she’s easily one of the best young actresses working today. Never one to take the ‘easy roles’, Polley once again commands your attention in every scene and creates a wholly realistic character, whereas another actress may just have ended up as ‘the pretty girl talking to the monster’. Burke also delivers a fantastic performance, one that’s even more impressive when you consider the elaborate (and effective) make-up he’s forced to contend with. It’s a testament to Burke’s performance (and of course Hartley’s screenplay) that you may actually find yourself agreeing with the creature’s logical disdain for humanity. Veteran actors Julie Christie (DEMON SEED) and Helen Mirren (GOSFORD PARK) add welcome shades of heart (Christie) and venom (Mirren) as a compassionate doctor and a heartless news editor, respectively.
Laced with liberal doses of dark humor, gorgeous exterior photography, and a stable-full of solid performances, NO SUCH THING is a fascinating little tale, one you’ll probably enjoy even if you haven’t the slightest clue who Hal Hartley is. It’s an enjoyably askew parable that’s got something interesting to say, and does so in entertaining fashion. If you’re looking for a little intellectual ‘roughage’ in between the bigger, louder flicks we all know and love, you should absolutely consider this film worthy of a look