The Headless Woman

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81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics What's this?

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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  • Summary: A mysterious and intriguing tale of a woman who may have killed someone or something while driving on a dirt road. Dazed and confused, she tries to piece together what happened, while her husband systematically tries to erase her tracks. (Strand Releasing)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.
  2. 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.
  3. 100
    No simplistic status parable. It’s more a psychological snapshot of a person forever doomed to remain a voyeur to her own life
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    80
    Slow-paced and self-indulgent in places but a bravely intense use of camera work to explore the internal psychology of the characters.
  5. 80
    As dense and fluid as Martel's movie is, the viewer--like the protagonist--is compelled to live in the moment. And a rich moment it is.
  6. 70
    A simpler and more taut, if slightly less interesting version of the oblique but mesmerizing studies of family life in fetid, hothouse atmospheres the Argentine helmer offered up in "La cienaga" and "The Holy Girl."
  7. The disjointedness of The Headless Woman might be the result of narrative complexity or of directorial ineptitude or (my favorite) of narrative complexity mangled by directorial ineptitude. If the residual fog ever clears, maybe I'll be able to tell you for sure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. DanielP.
    Aug 21, 2009
    5
    The film have an interesting story but the way that Lucrecia made the movie is a little boring and got short key parts.
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    2
    0-45 min: What the **** is going on?? ;
    45 min: Oh ****! ;
    45-55 min: ....... ; 55-58 min: Whoa! ; 58-90 min: ........ ; Conclusion:
    0-45 min: What the **** is going on?? ;
    45 min: Oh ****! ;
    45-55 min: ....... ;
    55-58 min: Whoa! ;
    58-90 min: ........ ;
    Conclusion: The subconscious is a **** Oh, and women suck at driving.
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