La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman)
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La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman)
Acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel steps back behind the camera for her third feature film with this tense thriller concerning a woman who fails to recognize the people surrounding her as well as their intentions after inadvertently killing a dog while driving on the highway. Budgeted at two million dollars, The Headless Woman marks the second collaboration between Agustín Almodóvar's El Deseo production company and Buenos Aires-based outfit Lita Stantic -- who had previously teamed to produce the celebrated Cannes Film Festival hit The Holy Girl. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Hitchcock and Antonioni ever had an interest in class guilt, you'd have Martel."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Martel's vision is so visually rich and complex it borders on the impressionistic, but The Headless Woman would be nowhere without the precise tour de force performance by Onetto."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a heady study of a successful woman in a patriarchal society."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Slow-paced and self-indulgent in places but a bravely intense use of camera work to explore the internal psychology of the characters."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Chances are you'll leave Martel's film wanting to see it again. Rightly so. It's elliptical, encoded, endlessly suggestive."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"In what could be one of the greatest films ever made about the emotional realities of a damaged mind, this giddily disorientating latest from Lucrecia Martel is a work of frenzied genius."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A full appreciation of Lucrecia Martel's elegant, rain-soaked film, The Headless Woman, requires the concentration and eye for detail of a forensic detective."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"...a shimmering mystery of the human mind wrapped inside racial, class and gender issues."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The pacing is so leaden, and the direction so heavy-handed, that it's fundamentally hard to care."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Anyone expecting a Sleepy Hollow-type chiller is definitely in for disappointment. But if you're in the market for an oblique examination of adulterous/ middle-class guilt delivered in a certain, unfussy style, knock yourself out."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"One of the film's great strengths is Martel's compressed visual power. Her ability to capture the disorientation of seeing the world from the seclusion of a car's interior is strangely compelling..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"An astounding portrait of a person entirely out of sync with her own existence."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"A strange and absorbing psycho-drama exploring class division and the suppression of guilt among Argentina's privileged classes."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A masterly, disturbing and deeply mysterious film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's dense and inscrutable, yet Martel's precise compositions, the partly natural, partly strange dialogue and the intense performances tease, please and demand repeat viewings."
‑ Rosie Fletcher, Total Film
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