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
Rent this if you are having trouble sleeping and are opposed to pills, it will put you to sleep fast. This movie is boring from beginning to end, it never picks up. The characters are dreadfully acted, especially the lead actress, and the ending is just plain uninspiring junk. I only rented it because it seemed so well reviewed on the cover, don't know why critics love this pseudo-artsy garbage, foreign film. This director brings shame to the real great latin filmakers out there like Cuaron, Del Toro, and Inarritu.
I loved Maria Onetto performance in this film and I think she embodied the directors vision of the character. The film is full of symbolism rather than very obvious actions and the tone is the same all the way through. If you watch it from an art perspective, you'll enjoy. However, it won't appeal to everyone.
This will be one of the longest 87 minutes of your life. A woman runs over a dog and doesn't stop to help or seem to care. Then she starts getting confused at regular things. It's supposed to be a thriller but something must have gotten lost in translation.
I'll be generous with two stars. The story seemed to "drag on:" with little meaning or development or any resolution. I tried to get into the plot - but what was the plot? Perhaps, as much as anything else, an "exercise in anbiguity and pointlessness.
Filmed well, the acting is good, and I get the director's point about the tribulations of the post-trauma this woman deals with, but... I have to agree with most of the other reviewers that it's a truly boring film. I was never "waiting for something to happen", as a lot of people seem to have naively been expecting, but the film just doesn't successfully paint the dark mood meant to haunt the viewer.