Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) (2008)

Director: Lucrecia Martel. Cast: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, César Bordón. 87 min. Unrated. Argentina/France/Italy/Spain. Drama/Mystery.

Middle-aged woman runs over something (a kid? a dog?) on the road and leaves the scene, but the burden of guilt she feels puts her in a dysfunctional state of confusion, memory loss and apathy. This Cannes Palm d'Or nominee is apparently a metaphor for Argentina's intentional amnesia during its post-dictatorship era, when the general public tried to forget their own behavior during those times. Due to my historical ignorance, I didn't get that message, but I was fascinated how well the movie distills the most innocent daily gestures, into a paranoid feeling of everybody knowing you've done something bad.

PS: After the mind-blowing The Secret in Their Eyes, this was my second exposure to Argentina's cinema. Apparently these Argentinians make some pretty cerebral stuff.

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