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A Monster with a Thousand Heads

Un monstruo de mil cabezas

Instrueret af Rodrigo Plá
Mexico, 2015
Drama, Thriller


When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet 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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A Monster with a Thousand Heads Instrueret af Rodrigo Plá

Priser & festivaler

Istanbul International Film Festival

2016 | Vinder: Golden Tulip (International Competition)

Ariel Awards (Mexico)

2016 | 2 vindere including: Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source

2016 | 6 nomineringer inklusiv: Best Picture

One could imagine, say, Sam Fuller pulling off such pugnacious melodrama; Plá is, by contrast, an inveterately discreet filmmaker, tempering Santullo’s narrative with incongruous sobriety. But see Monster anyway for its immersive performances, its wide-ranging tour of Mexico City, and the urgency of its argument.
July 03, 2016
The rigorous formal techniques that mark the work of directors Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante provide a foundation for social outrage in A Monster With a Thousand Heads. Shot almost entirely in static set ups and long takes, Rodrigo Plá’s thriller dissects Mexico’s health care failures by pinpointing the small ethical compromises that have fortified such a deep level of bureaucratic rot. It’s lean and mean in the most necessary of ways.
June 14, 2016
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While some of the plot points in this Mexican drama strain logic, there’s an undeniable emotional truth to every step the woman takes; the icy, formal cinematography assists by accentuating her helplessness against a faceless bureaucracy. By the time she realizes all she has done is for naught, the executives and their employees are already hard at work erasing any trace of her.
June 09, 2016
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