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Un monstruo de mil cabezas (2015)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 30 March 2016 (France)
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When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet (Jan Raluy) takes things into her own hands. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and ... See full summary »

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Rodrigo Plá

Writer:

Laura Santullo
11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jana Raluy ... Sonia Bonet Castrejón
Sebastián Aguirre ... Dario Castrejón Bonet (as Sebastián Aguirre Boëra)
Hugo Albores Hugo Albores ... Dr. Villalba
Emilio Echevarría ... Enrique Sandoval Núñez
Úrsula Pruneda ... Monica
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Nicolas Pietro
Noé Hernández Noé Hernández ... Doorman
Harold Torres ... Police Agent 1
Marisol Centeno Marisol Centeno ... Lorena Morgan's Assistant
Veronica Falcón ... Lorena Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marco Antonio Aguirre Marco Antonio Aguirre
Francisco Barreiro ... Baez
Gabriel Casanova Gabriel Casanova ... Empleado hospital
Ilya Cazes Ilya Cazes ... Notario
Ivan Cortes Ivan Cortes ... Man In Robe
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When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet (Jan Raluy) takes things into her own hands. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and disinterested workers, she is pushed to her breaking point: with her son in tow, she attempts to fight the system.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Monster with a Thousand Heads See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,320, 20 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,852, 10 July 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Laura Santullo wrote the screenplay based on her novel by the same name of the film and is the wife of director Rodrigo Pla. She has written the screenplay for all four of his full length feature films. See more »

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Sonia Bonet: [to her son, Dario] Next time, we'll rob a bank, okay?
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worth fighting for
16 June 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Instances of the little guy fighting mightily against a bureaucratic monolith are featured often in cinema, so it's helpful to have an auteur like director Rodrigo Pla serving up his vision … in this case, a story from writer Laura Santullo.

In just the few opening scenes we quickly gain an understanding that this is an emotional story, and not one determined to spell out all details through intricate dialogue. Instead the lighting and camera focus on Sonia (Jana Raluy) as she tries to comfort her husband as he moans in pain (her face relaying that feeling we've all had as a loved one suffers so).

Next we see a determined and desperate Sonia … with teenage son Dario (Sebastian Aguirre Boeda) in tow … escalating her battle against the doctors, insurance company and pharmaceutical company that have seemingly conspired to prevent her husband from receiving the treatment he needs. Sadly, we easily see ourselves sliding into Sonia's shoes as she pursues the proper treatment for her husband – blackmail, kidnapping and assault laws be damned! Her fight against a corrupt and rigged system never gets easier, even after she uncovers documented proof that doctors are incentivized for high rejection rates. In other words, profits are priority over healing and treatment. Though set in Mexico, this personal desperation has been experienced by citizens of most every country.

Mr. Pla's expertise as a filmmaker is evident throughout. The use of a running courtroom narrative as a backdrop adds dimension to the otherwise minimal use of dialogue. Additionally, the camera work is stellar … especially in an early parking garage scene where we witness the first confrontation through the windshield of another car (assisted by that vehicle's headlights). It's yet another example of how emotional responses outweigh the verbal here, and why this story of fighting bureaucratic red tape goes beyond many others.


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