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The Headless Woman

The Headless Woman 12 rating

A woman is plagued by paranoia after she hits something – or someone – with her car in Lucrecia Martel’s acclaimed psychological thriller.

Drama 2008 86 mins

Director: Lucrecia Martel

Overview

In this disquieting Argentine psychological thriller from Lucrecia Martel (The Holy Girl), a woman (María Onetto) runs over something in her car. Initially believing she has hit her dog, paranoia grows as she begins to fear she may have killed a child.

Martel brilliantly conveys the woman’s mental breakdown, with the audience sharing the character’s anxiety in every frame. It’s an immersive, unsettling film that deals uniquely with themes of guilt and repression.