An engrossing 2.5 hours. The protagonist's unraveling reminding me scarily of the title character of Martel's The Headless Woman, and his anguished attempts to remember, or misremember. I'll keep coming back to the sunset dance scene a lot, I think. The use of the Elevator to the Gallows score was *chefs kiss.
stunning cinematography that deconstructs some of the most notable iconography of the American West, but the emotional arc is underwhelming and vexing. Re: Travis, to quote a legend, "I'm supposed to feel sorry for that bitch?" Give me the one where we focus solely on Nastassja Kinski's character pls.
Lucrecia Martel’s third feature finds the Argentine director at the height of her talents. The Headless Woman is a study of a middle-class woman, Vero, who undergoes psychic turmoil after she commits a hit and run. Vero is unsure whether it was a dog or a poor child that she distractedly struck, and around her distress Martel builds a superbly directed film that reveals the moral emptiness of Argentina’s privileged classes.
Throughout her career, Martel has focused her camera on…