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The Headless Woman (2008)

La mujer sin cabeza (original title)
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After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.

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Lucrecia Martel

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Lucrecia Martel
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Cast overview:
María Onetto ... Verónica
Claudia Cantero Claudia Cantero ... Josefina
Inés Efron ... Candita
César Bordón César Bordón ... Marcos
Daniel Genoud Daniel Genoud ... Juan Manuel
Guillermo Arengo Guillermo Arengo ... Marcelo
María Vaner ... Tía Lala
Alicia Muxo Alicia Muxo
Pía Uribelarrea Pía Uribelarrea
Sebastián Montagna Sebastián Montagna
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This film is centered around Vero, an Argentinean bourgeois woman, and how her life slowly twists out of control after she hits something, or someone, with her car. Here comes the incident that changes everything, as Vero is driving, she is distracted by her cell phone and looks down to get to it. By the time she does this, her car hits something but the camera stays in it as we see her car shaking and rattles. Although Vero seems indifferent about the situation, it is clear that it has a toll on it as she acts different from the Vero that we saw briefly at the beginning of the film. She acts clumsy and out of place, barely saying anything, and when she does, it doesn't always make sense or has a lot of substance. This solidifies towards the end of the movie when she is going to retrace her steps to remember her memory, but in the hospital and the Hotel she stayed in, there was no record proving that she was there. This makes the audience wonder if all this really happened or if Vero,... Written by Myria Davis

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This film was chosen in position 89 in the list of the best 100 films of the XXI century by the BBC See more »

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Lots of Symbolism
24 November 2014 | by ellenkrokoskySee all my reviews

This review will be very short.

I found the film fascinating. It has a rhythm that is present in Martel's other film, La Ciénaga (2002) and is also filmed mid range. Martel's films are recognizable as being hers without prior knowledge.

I notice none of the other reviewers mentioned the symbolism that is present throughout the movie, most notably water - the characters are always going to take showers, or mention the prospect of rain, or are thirsty. Also, they always seem to be in confined spaces - a car, a small room, the husband's new swim trunks are too tight. I was fascinated by the symbolism, but have not found anyone to discuss it and try to interpret it with.

As with La Ciénaga, La Mujer Sin Cabeza, is overall a fascinating view of Argentine upper middle class family life.


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Official Sites:

Ad Vitam [France]

Country:

Argentina | France | Italy | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 2008 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Headless Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Salta, Argentina

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,778, 23 August 2009

Gross USA:

$100,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,766
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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