The Headless Woman ★★★★

a beautifully composed manifestation of one woman’s gnawing guilt and paranoia. director lucrecia martel’s recurring visual motif of objects in the foreground “cutting off” our antiheroine Vero’s head stands out in particular — like the film’s purposefully meandering and hazy events, the title is cryptic and ripe for discussion. a possible Medusa allegory? the untamed, almost serpentine hairstyle on the poster suggests so. on the other hand, Vero’s bourgeois status in a politically unstable and class-divided Argentina potentially recalls Marie Antoinette’s guillotine execution. its moral and thematic ambiguity defies concrete interpretation — i may not know what the film means exactly, but i do know i haven’t been able to get it out of my head.