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, first billed only:
María Onetto ... Verónica
Claudia Cantero Claudia Cantero ... Josefina
César Bordón César Bordón ... Marcos (as Cesar Bordón)
Daniel Genoud Daniel Genoud ... Juan Manuel
Guillermo Arengo Guillermo Arengo ... Marcelo
Inés Efron ... Candita (as Ines Efron)
Alicia Muxo Alicia Muxo ... Prima Rosita
Pía Uribelarrea Pía Uribelarrea ... Prima Tere
María Vaner ... Tía Lala
Andrea Verdun Andrea Verdun ... Chica Moto 1 (Cuca)
Maira Juárez Maira Juárez ... Chica Moto 2
Liliana De La Fuente Liliana De La Fuente ... Mujer Gorda (as Liliana De Lafuente)
Elizabeth López Elizabeth López ... Zula
Andrés Siarez Andrés Siarez ... Hombre Vivero
Carlos Sánchez Carlos Sánchez ... Albañil (as Carlos Roberto Sánchez)
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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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Baila
Written and performed by Roberta Ainstein
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Almost excellent...again
10 December 2009 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

At once exquisitely crafted and exasperating, Martel's latest reflects the confused mental disintegration of a character whose problems are variably inchoate. Her crisis seems spurred by an act of accidental murder--in the countryside, she runs over something.

That it was a German Shepherd is clearly represented in one distinct post-impact shot following a prelude in which the hound is shown playing with several children. But afterward our protagonist (a dyejob-blonde, middle-aged, upper-class woman) has strange ideations of having killed a human being. Is that what really happened? Or is it just her guilt from...whatever?

There's nothing unintended in this very precisely directed movie, but at the same time its ambiguity can be frustrating. (Perhaps less so if you're better acquainted with Argentine class/race issues than me.) It's a mystery without a resolution, a thriller minus thrills. That's OK, but even as deliberate enigma "The Headless Woman" seems somewhat stillborn. (Think what Antonioni circa 1960 could have done with it!)

It's full of interesting detail yet void of larger meaning or narrative direction; intriguing in a way that stops just short of utter fascination. You can't fault the director or her actors for falling short--it's the script (also by Martel) that ends up a little too amorphous.

It's not often you see a movie that feels so close to brilliant, yet something indefinable is missing. This is a good film that perhaps in coming years will gain a reputation as an overlooked masterpiece--and while I can't sign on with that opinion right now, I can see how it might accumulate.


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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

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2.35 : 1
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