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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Headless Woman

Nov 19: A Headless Woman 2008, Argentina/France/Italy/Spain,  Lucrecia Martel, director.
A sickening thud as Vero drives the lonely country road in the rain. Had she hit something -- a dog? a child? Traumatized, she checks in at a motel, a hospital, and eventually home where all the men in her life conspire to convince her nothing ever happened. In this elegant and enigmatic puzzle Martel offers a disturbing picture of class privilege and willful denial that could serve as a larger metaphor for Argentina's recent history. Every shot holds crucial information. "The more closely you study The Headless Woman, the deeper, the deeper and more unsettling the mystery becomes." -- Stephen Holden, New York Times.