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Generally speaking, a mutual increase in buying power is anything but a typical justification for a sexual liaison. But in the brave new world of the “dictatorship of the consumer,” the epoch during which Hal Hartley’s latest feature, The Girl From Monday, takes place, sex for the sake of sex is illegal, a counterrevolutionary activity. Hartley’s past work, including 1989’s The Unbelievable Truth and 1992’s Simple Men, is about ostensibly ordinary people whose experiences tend toward the extraordinary. Monday features a visitor from another planet, a resistance movement, and a droidlike police force that does the bidding of the Multi Media Monopoly, the “liberators” of an America whose citizenry is bar-coded; it all certainly sounds extraordinary (and Orwellian). But it also sounds alarmingly ordinary—at least the part about the MMM, if not its methods of law enforcement. And on second thought, who hasn’t had sex because he thought he might gain something from it? The film screens as part of “Hal Hartley: Digital Hal,” which also includes “Possible Films: Short Works 1994–2004” at 7:30 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Chris Hagan)