the films of Lucrecia Martel, most recently "The Headless Woman"

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THW is so visually assured and intelligent, to an almost exhilarating degree. Need to see it again soon.

http://filmlinc.com/fcm/ja09/martel.htm

I'm also a fan of La Cienaga.

Indiana Morbs and the Curse of the Ivy League Chorister (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 26 August 2009 05:22 (ten years ago) link

Absolutely adore both of those films. She's a major talent and I highly recommend all of her films although I haven't seen anything before La Cienaga. To my admittedly screwy feminist consciousness, The Headless Woman is about the desire to be (left) alone. Which means it's in the grand tradition of such glossy melodramas as Madame X and Susan Slade.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 27 August 2009 16:35 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

so has THW filtered out to America? Just got library disc...

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Friday, 5 February 2010 14:38 (nine years ago) link

it's streamable on netflix iirc for those so inclined

johnny crunch, Friday, 5 February 2010 14:43 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

not a fan

really have to work hard to follow the narrative, and for scant reward

so much of it is awkwardly framed too, even when it isn't in close-up (which is a lot of the time). just kinda flat visuals, and no apparent interest in constructing compelling sequences.

I’ll put you in a f *ckin Weingarten you c*nt! (history mayne), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:31 (nine years ago) link

Loved Holy Girl, not crazy about Headless Woman. Not seen La Cienega.

Don't really like all these "puzzle movies"

Sensational Howard (admrl), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:32 (nine years ago) link

it's not really a puzzle, is it though? just wilfully obscure. once you've figured it out it's just a lil story.

I’ll put you in a f *ckin Weingarten you c*nt! (history mayne), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:33 (nine years ago) link

Maybe

Sensational Howard (admrl), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:35 (nine years ago) link

THW disappointed me when I saw it in December. She wasn't so resourceful a filmmaker to realize the thin script.

Would love to hear Bam babble about this (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:36 (nine years ago) link

In December, you say

Sensational Howard (admrl), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:36 (nine years ago) link

Yes, thanks to Netflix.

Would love to hear Bam babble about this (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:38 (nine years ago) link

Ok then

Sensational Howard (admrl), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:38 (nine years ago) link

i definitely preferred 'the holy girl', but don't really think that film's all that and a bag o nuts either

I’ll put you in a f *ckin Weingarten you c*nt! (history mayne), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 21:39 (nine years ago) link

oh, it's not a "script" movie! That would be George Cukor's "Headless Woman of the Year"

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 00:08 (nine years ago) link

yeah i know it's not a script movie. but it's a deliberately-obliquely-shot movie in a way i didn't appreciate.

rip MAD MEN on AMC S4 26/07 never forget (history mayne), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 08:28 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

This was a good in-depth on-location look: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/interviews/lucrecia-martel-interview-zama

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:35 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

saw ZAMA yesterday, and the more i am able to think about it the more i appreciate it. it reminds me most of orwell's burmese days, particluarly in the way it handles imperial ennui and melancholy. it poisons us all

k3vin k., Monday, 2 October 2017 01:28 (one year ago) link

I'll be seeing it on the 15th, the day of encore screenings at NYFF.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 October 2017 01:50 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I just spent half an hour chatting to the amazing Lucrecia Martel. I smell a bit of cigar smoke now, but that's okay. pic.twitter.com/niOPfg7Jfm

— Philip Concannon (@Phil_on_Film) October 16, 2017

xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 October 2017 14:58 (one year ago) link

what did you think of zama morbs?

k3vin k., Friday, 20 October 2017 15:15 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

^It was fine, but not up to my faves of hers. Should be out in the spring i think.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 26 January 2018 01:23 (one year ago) link

I rewatched The Holy Girl last night, which I essentially forgot entirely since 2005, and Hoberman otm:

https://www.villagevoice.com/2005/04/19/far-from-heaven-2/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 26 January 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

It's quite something, but it's hallucinatory without a source fever.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:55 (one year ago) link

are you referring to Zama? it was by far the best thing I saw at TIFF last year.

Simon H., Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link

it's hallucinatory without a source fever.

Al, could you expand on this?

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:07 (one year ago) link

Saw Zama tonight, really liked it, totally gorgeous. I like movies that kind of fall apart the farther you go into them. Would be interesting to screen back to back with Aguirre -- Martel's style is cool and detached, vs. Herzog's sweat and blood. (Not that there isn't sweat and blood in Zama, but it's all at a slight remove.)

one month passes...

Isn't colonialism fairly obviously the source fever here?

Loved the way Martel really brought you into this complex world - of animals and people - so that in the last half hour or so, great narrative chunks could be leapt over as the story (and the character) reached endpoint, because by then the viewer (or at least, this viewer) was totally dunked in the whole sensual experience of its colour and sound, and the sense of time fracturing at the edge of the frame.

Recent things it reminded me of - Serra's Death of Louis XIV, German's Hard to be a God, Alonso's Jauja

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

It impressed me, especially after I rewatched La Cienaga.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:08 (one year ago) link

Just briefly posted about it on ILE. I liked how Martel tried to get Benedetto's take on the animal world. That amazing shot into the horse's gaze!

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

The llama was a shameless scene stealer.

This film wasn't 'Bressonian' in the slightest, but the way the animals were filmed did remind me of Balthazar, at times.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:17 (one year ago) link

Intended to go see Zama today on the basis of the Aguirre and Hard to be a God references upthread but ended up seeing The Holy Girl as there's a mini Martel season going, and I can catch the former later in the week.

There was a half hour making of prior to the movie which dug into Martel's world view a bit and I really liked a lot of what she had to say, if a bit dreamy.

The film itself was a gem, the sound mixing esp. - it paired v well with the very enjoyable Novitiate which I watched last night. I was worried about the where it was heading but it ended very satisfyingly.

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Monday, 4 June 2018 19:38 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Isn't colonialism fairly obviously the source fever here?

Also perhaps malaria? (Finally saw this last night, and have almost no idea what to make of it, other than maybe compare it to the end of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust?) The only Martel film I'd seen before had been La Cienaga.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Monday, 4 March 2019 13:40 (six months ago) link


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