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The Headless Woman (2008)
"La mujer sin cabeza" (original title)

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After running into something with her car, Vero experiences a particular psychological state. She realizes she might have killed someone.

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María Onetto ...
Verónica
Claudia Cantero ...
Josefina
Inés Efron ...
Candita
César Bordón ...
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Daniel Genoud ...
Juan Manuel
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María Vaner ...
Tía Lala
Alicia Muxo
Pía Uribelarrea
Sebastián Montagna
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After running into something with her car, Vero experiences a particular psychological state. She realizes she might have killed someone.

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$14,778 (USA) (21 August 2009)

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$99,775 (USA) (7 May 2010)
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The song playing on the car radio at the time when the accident happens is "Soley Soley" by the appropriately named group Middle of the Road. See more »

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"Perceptive and atmospheric mystery..."
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Argentine screenwriter, producer and director Lucrecia Martel's third feature film which she wrote and co-produced, premiered In competition at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival in 2008, was screened in the Jury Member's section at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival in 2008 and is an Argentina-Spain-France co-production which was shot on location in the city and province of Salta in Argentina and produced by Pedro Almódovar, Esther Garcia, Marianne Slot, Augustin Almódovar, Verónica Cura, Enrique Piñeiro, Vieri Razini, Cesare Petrillo and Tilde Corsi. It tells the story about a middle-aged dentist named Veronica who while out driving one hot day in the countryside hits someone with her car. As if no harm has been done she drives on, but back home with her husband Marcos her mind begins to dwell and she lets him in on what has happened. The couple return to the place and find a dead dog, but days after the incident Veronica reads something in the newspaper that increases her doubts about what she ran into.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Latin-American filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's viewpoint, draws an intimate portrayal of a woman whose state of mind is transformed by an accident and an immoral act. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Bárbara Álvarez, production design by production designer Maria Eugenia Sueiro and use of sound, this character-driven story depicts an internal study of character.

This nuanced and silent thriller which mainly goes on inside the main character's head, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity and the efficiently understated acting performance by Argentine actress Maria Onetto. A perceptive and atmospheric mystery which gained, among numerous other awards, the Silver Condor Award for Best Actress Maria Onetto at the Argentine Film Critics Association Awards in 2009.

Human behaviour is incisively and psychologically examined in this humane drama which is instigated by a woman blaming herself for something she has no certainty of knowing whether or not she is responsible of, and it is her doubt and innate sense of guilt and responsibility that preserves the consistent and underlying tension in this remarkable piece of South-American cinema which possesses that mystifying, spiritual and graceful aura.


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