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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Jana Raluy disperses and runs as Gena Rowlands in "Gloria", a hounded animal under the influence. The film is a collection of shots very well structured and articulated, with several integrated points of view during the narration, that enable the fiction by playing an architecture of frame by frame, between frames, in a solid evolutional design. Yet, the use of focus and blur as a writing style is too ostensive.
An auteurist rendition of John Q. While this is far more interesting, both function the same and are equally ludicrous. The images are striking and the performances are strong, but A Monster With a Thousand Heads doesn't do much with it's premise and is sadly forgettable. While we can sympathize with the plight of being lost in a system out of our control, the tension is not nearly as gripping as it should be.
A study in the creation of suspense through editing, sound mixing and the careful negotiation of information with the audience. Raluy is on fire, finding a precarious balance between explosive franticness and delicate character details contained in quick looks and subtle posture changes. Despite its formal and interpretative masterfulness, the social critique and enraged tone could do with a little more modulation.