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.

La Mujer Sin Cabeza - The Headless Woman

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.

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