La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman)
La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Careful and slight, Lucretia Martel's Headless Woman doesn't fit neatly into a clear storyline, but supports itself with ethereal visuals.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

If Hitchcock and Antonioni ever had an interest in class guilt, you'd have Martel.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Josh Larsen

Don't bring a guilty conscience to a viewing of The Headless Woman.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

The Headless Woman is the closest thing to a genre film that has done Martel and, at the same time, is also the most twisted of all his films. [Full review in Spanish]

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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...

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The lead actress, María Onetto, holds you through the longueurs.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Ms. Martel here firmly establishes her mastery by exacting - amid a dream-like fog - suspense, horror, humor and sympathy from a protagonist who is so emotionally vacant and detached from the world.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With an exemplary cinematography, Martel shapes a simple hit-and-run premise into an intelligent (and unpredictable) social commentary - on race, class and… More
Walter M.
"The Headless Woman" is a compelling movie about Vero(Maria Onetto), a middle-aged successful dentist in the middle of an identity crisis. Ever since… More
Randy Tippy
Vero is a vibrant, successful, mature woman who, through a moment of inattention, hits something with her car. It could have been a dog, it also could have… More
Quinto Wallight
A slow-moving and quiet but thought-provoking character study on guilt and consequences. The kind of movie that makes us analize ourselves and our instincts as… More
William Dunmyer
I've never seen a film quite like "The Headless Woman," from Argentina's Lucrecia Martel. It's not the most thrilling movie ever made,… More