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The Headless Woman
Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2008 • Argentina
Starring María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron
A bourgeois middle-aged dentist named Verónica (María Onetto) drives alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. Immediately she becomes disoriented, unmoored from her identity and reality, like a sleepwalker who’s actually awake. As the week goes on, she becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone: a young boy whose body is found in a roadside canal. Veronica tries to piece together what happened while her husband systematically erases her tracks. A chilling parable about a woman in shock, Lucrecia Martel’s brilliant third feature explores the intricacies of class and the role of women in a male-dominated society.