The Headless Woman

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Released 2008

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Director:
Lucrecia Martel
Released:
2008
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The Headless Woman is a 2008 dramatic thriller and mystery directed by Lucrecia Martel. In northwest Argentina, Ver''nica (Mar''a Onetto) leaves a gathering and heads home, driving on isolated rural roads. When she receives a call on her cell phone, Ver''nica lets herself become distracted from the road as she fumbles in her purse. Before she knows what is happening, Ver''nica feels a mysterious thump and comes to a halt. However, she cannot bring herself to investigate the accident, instead going into a strange trance. It is unclear whether Ver''nica was injured in the accident or has gone into shock, stunned by the possibility of killing a pedestrian. Marcos (Cesar Bordon), Ver''nica's husband, does not know how to react to his wife's odd state. When she suggests that she might have been involved in a murder, Ver''nica's friends and family decide that they will do anything they can to cover up her involvement. It soon becomes clear that it might be impossible to hide the truth.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Not the supernatural horror picture its title suggests, but this subtle, elliptical film evokes its own kind of nightmarish situation.

  • 70

    Variety

    A simpler and more taut, if slightly less interesting version of the oblique but mesmerizing studies of family life in fetid, hothouse atmospheres the Argentine helmer offered up i...

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