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The Headless Woman

La mujer sin cabeza

Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Argentina, France, 2008
Drama, Mystery


Veronica is driving in northwestern Argentina when her mobile phone distracts her and she runs over something—but drives on. The police confirm that there was no accident, but Veronica begins to have a meltdown, thinking she may have killed someone. Was it an animal? A child? Or nothing at all?

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The Headless Woman Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2008 | In Competition

Village Voice Film Poll

2008 | Winner: Best Undistributed Film

2009 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Lucrecia Martel’s films demand your attention to infinitesimal details and then upbraid you—albeit thoughtfully, like a sage imploring you to reconsider all your preconceived notions—for caring too much about them.
April 20, 2018
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Like a dream, it fragments everyday life and reconfigures it so that the pieces don’t quite fit, but for that, become defamiliarized, so that everyday gestures suddenly seem new and full of possible, unconfirmed meaning; though the meaning’s always terror. And most importantly, like a dream, it’s all completely believable. On par with Antonioni, or Dreyer, or Hitchcock, Martel works from real life and abstracts the components she needs to give the natural supernatural connotations.
November 21, 2015
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Though small in scale, The Headless Woman is a showcase for one of the new millennium’s most preternaturally gifted filmmakers, and each viewing teases out a bit more of this masterpiece’s thematic and aesthetic intricacies.
November 18, 2015
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