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The Headless Woman (2008 film)

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Director  Lucrecia Martel
Initial DVD release  December 15, 2009
Country  Argentina
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Screenplay  Lucrecia Martel
Writer  Lucrecia Martel
Language  Spanish
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Release date  21 May 2008 (2008-05-21) (Cannes) 21 August 2013 (2013-08-21) (Argentina)
Cast  Maria Onetto (Verónica), Claudia Cantero (Josefina), César Bordón (Marcos), Guillermo Arengo (Marcelo), Inés Efron (Candita), María Vaner (Tia Lala)
Similar movies  The Crossing Guard, The Business, Three Monkeys, Varg Veum - Woman in the Fridge, A Hard Day, Two Hands

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The Headless Woman (Spanish: La mujer sin cabeza / La mujer rubia) is a 2008 Argentine psychological thriller art film written and directed by Lucrecia Martel and starring María Onetto. The plot revolves around Vero (short for Verónica) (Onetto), who hits something while driving on a deserted road near Salta. Not being sure if she has hit a person or an animal, she drives off, and becomes increasingly mentally disturbed.


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The film premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2008. It opened nationwide on August 21, 2008, after being screened at the Locarno International Film Festival earlier that month. While The Headless Woman was mostly lauded by critics for its cinematography and social commentary, with some comparing Martel to Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni, others were critical towards the film's slow pace and lack of clear narrative. In 2016, the film appeared on No. 89th on BBC's list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century.

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On a road outside a city in the far north of Argentina, some poor boys and a dog are playing. Driving along the road, a middle-aged dentist called Verónica hits something and goes into shock. Instead of going back, she gets herself to a hospital for an x-ray and then spends the night in room 818 of a hotel. Going home next day, physically and mentally traumatised by her experience, she is unable to communicate what has happened. In time she manages to tell her husband who, after driving her to the scene of the accident, decides it must have been a dog she hit. Gradually she gets back to normal, her car is repaired and she feels able to work again and join in family activities.

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Then, driving along the same stretch of road, she sees a rescue crew trying to recover something which smells terrible from the ditch. Later, the newspapers report that it was the corpse of a boy. When Verónica, who has dyed her hair and now drives the family's other car, goes to the hospital to ask for her radiology file, she is told they have no record of her. Going to the hotel, she asks who was in room 818 on the night of the accident and the receptionist assures her it was empty. Nothing links her to the death.


  • María Onetto as Verónica
  • Claudia Cantero as Josefina
  • César Bordón as Marcos
  • Daniel Genoud as Juan Manuel
  • Guillermo Arengo as Marcelo
  • Inés Efron as Candita
  • Alicia Muxo
  • Pía Uribelarrea
  • María Vaner as Tía Lala
  • Sebastián Montagna
  • Critical response

    The Headless Woman garnered mostly positive reviews from film critics. On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an overall 72% "Fresh" approval rating based on 47 reviews, with a rating average of 6.9 out of 10. The site's consensus is: "Careful and slight, Lucretia Martel's Headless Woman doesn't fit neatly into a clear storyline, but supports itself with ethereal visuals." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 82 based on 12 reviews, classified as a universally acclaimed film.


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