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THE HEADLESS WOMAN
aka LA MUJER SIN CABEZA
USA: Strand Releasing
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Maria Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Cesar Bordon, Daniel Genoud, Guillermo Arengo, Ines Efron, Alicia Muxo, Pia Uribelarrea, Maria Vaner
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 87 mins
UK: 89 mins
USA Rated: Not Rated
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 19 August 2009
USA DVD Release Date: 15 December 2009
UK Release Date: 19 February 2010 (Limited Release)
Alone in her car and driving along the highway, Veronica (Maria Onetto) is distracted by the sudden ringing of her mobile, but in that brief lapse of concentration, she runs over something. Instead of pulling over and investigating, she drives on.
As the days pass, Veronica, a middle-aged dentist, becomes increasingly unnerved by the possibility that she hit and killed someone or something. In spite of contacting the police who confirm that there were no accident reports, she has doubts about what she had really hit. Was it an animal? A child?
Increasingly obsessed with not knowing what she hit, she tries to piece together what really happened while her husband methodically erases her tracks.
THE HEADLESS WOMAN is a chilling drama about a woman in shock and is the third feature from director Lucrecia Martel who explores the intricacies of class and the role of women in a male-dominated society.