Lucrecia Martel’s newest. I only saw it just last week. I’m no film critic, but I’d say that after viewing this that it’s clear that South America has a striking front runner in cinema. And she’s from Argentina.
I fell in love with this film even harder and faster than The Holy Girl, and I fell in love pretty hard and fast with it. There is one scene in The Headless Woman that uses color so strikingly as a way to carry the scene from one side of a room to another by way of describing the current action and mood of the scene that I had to stop the play, rewind and watch it again.
The film carries mystery to a new place. Its pace, cinematography, and audio experience are so well crafted that all together it holds a sort of power over me while watching it. That’s right, I couldn’t help but allow it a type of fetishistic control… certainly as a means to an end of perfectly cerebral delight.
In The Holy Girl, this same kind of hex that her style uses to take control of your mood could be said to be represented by a musician who plays a Thermin to passers-by. In The Headless Woman, the Thermin player is replaced by the elements of film, especially the elements of light and sound that actually reach out from the screen and directly affect us.
I think I’ve now said too much.
Don’t watch the official US trailer… watch the one in Spanish—even if you don’t speak any at all.
Naturalismo… I freakin love you and everything you post.
Go straight to the Lands & People track, put on your best headset, make that chai recipe I posted a while back, sit back and breathe it in.
Download: Together Wherever Forever
- “Big Black Car” – Big Star
- “Vessel” – Grouper
- “Ceremony” – Galaxie 500
- “Dirty Loverstuff” – Fanuelle
- “Mild Confusion” – Tamaryn
- “Be Right Too” - White Fence
- “I Fought The Law” - Bobby Fuller Four
- “Duelist” – True Widow
- “Love Song For 15 Ontario (W/ Singing Police Car)” – Set Fire To Flames
- “In Living Colour” - Lands & Peoples
- “My Friend” - Bill Callahan
- “Blue Moon” - Kendal Johansson
- “Tatli Dilim” – Selda Bagcan
- “Atlantis” - Kate Bush