I recently watched, you guessed it, La Mujer Sin Cabeza, aka, The Headless Woman, on DVD. A new film from Argentina I picked up at one of Toronto’s best places to rent films (and read about them- they publish a wonderful yearly round-up of DVD releases)- that’s right, I’m talking about The Film Buff.
Anyway, I was taken with the great title, and the awesome DVD cover art.
Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel, The Headless Woman is one of those films that exist (for me, anyway) in a weird space between boredom and engagement. Definitely, the kind of film I prefer to watch in the theatre where I am forced to really watch. In fact, I almost turned it off after about half an hour, and for the rest of the film basically had one eye on the clock- okay 25 minutes left… I’ve already invested 55, might as well keep going, etc.
Some gorgeous (albeit dark) photography and unusual framing kept me watching, though, as well as a fondness for films that deal in a slightly altered “reality.” And then, when it was all over, the strangest thing happened… I got that feeling. That wonderful freaky film feeling I get very rarely, but it is a thing of beauty when it happens. Hard to describe, it’s a bit like a hyper-awareness… you suddenly notice the breeze coming in through the window, or the way your jeans feel on your legs. I can count on two hands the number of films that have given me that feeling over the years and have to say it’s one of the reasons I love movies so much.
So, yeah… I guess I would recommend The Headless Woman.
You can read more about it here, if you’re so inclined.