Miss Monday

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Roman is a screenwriter teetering on the edge of schlock, blocked by the mediocrity of his newest screenplay. His heroine, "Marianne," a successful and ambitious woman who has built a career in the male-dominated world of finance, is the root of his dilemma. Alas, Roman has no idea who this woman is. When his mentor gives him sage advice, "Start out with a character, and you'll find you created a type; start out with a type, and you'll find you created nothing,"Roman sets out to find a "real life" Marianne. His quest leads him to Gloria. He becomes obsessed with her, invading her private life, even her home, and eventually getting trapped in her closet when she arrives home unexpectedly. The night that ensues changes his perceptions forever.

In London, where Miss Monday was shot, director Benson Lee found two superb actors, James Hicks and especially Scottish actress Andrea Hart, whose startlingly bold performance exposes the darkest private moments of Gloria's life. Lee is most inventive when using contrasting cinematic styles to change tone drastically between these two colliding worlds. Roman's world is glib, sheltered, and theatrical, whereas Gloria is plagued by "real" problems that exist in a real world. It is from Roman's point of view that we become observers, even voyeurs. Uncomfortably so? Yes, but not without unforgettable effect. Lee's precise filmmaking constructs a brilliant, gripping character study that leaves us pondering what may lurk beneath even our most well- constructed facades.

- John Cooper

Directed by: Benson Lee
Written by: Benson Lee, Paul Leyden, Richard Morel
Starring: Julie Alannagh-Brighten, Louise Barrett, Alex Giannini, Andrea Hart, James Hicks, Nick Moran
Produced by: Benson Lee, Steve Smith
Original Music by: Woody Pak

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