A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS, written by Laura Santullo and directed by Rodrigo Plá, may be the first ever "health care thriller," complete with kidnapping, gun-play, suspense and violence. And yet -- and this is what makes the movie so especially terrific -- it is first and always about doing everything that one can to get the heath care needed so that a spouse can survive.
La Zona, though I suspect it will now be this "monster" movie, in which the monster is Mexico's health-care system, together with its insurance companies who evidently are still able to declare things like "pre-existing conditions" (getting rid of that was perhaps the greatest triumph of Obamacare).
Jana Raluy -- and another head immediately pops up. We see this from the initial scenes on the telephone and then in the doctor's office, and this hydra-headed creature only grows stronger and more subversive by the time we get to the upper echelon power brokers, most especially regarding the single member of the insurance company's "board" whom we finally meet.
Sebastián Aguirre Boëda (shown above, right, and below), who plays her son, Dario, with just the right degree of teen-age suspicion, anger and buried love who most bring the movie to fruition. The filmmakers combine present-moment visuals with occasional voice-over of what clearly sounds like a trial being held, with witnesses giving their testimony, so that we are aware that all this has indeed reached a conclusion, though we only gradually learn what has happened and what this might mean.
Music Box Films, opens this Wednesday, May 11, in New York City at Film Forum and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema. and on Friday, May 20, it will hit Los Angeles (at Landmark's NuArt) and Boston (at Landmark's Kendall Square). Over the following weeks and months will reach many other cities. Click here and then click on THEATERS to see all currently scheduled playdates.