A Monster With a Thousand Heads

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Mexico | 2015 | 75 minutes | Rodrigo Plá

After medical care is refused for her terminally ill husband, a distraught woman fights the system in increasingly violent ways in this sociopolitical revenge thriller that tackles head-on the faceless bureaucracy and greed of the insurance industry.

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Sonia (Jana Raluy) can do little but watch as her husband Guillermo dies of cancer, his tumor growing steadily every passing day, and there's only so much Dr. Villalba (Hugo Albores) can do with the materials at his disposal. Hearing of a new treatment that might save her husband, though, an optimistic Sonia speaks to her health-insurance provider, only to be rejected outright with little fanfare. It's simply too expensive a treatment, she is told coldly. This time, however, Sonia isn't going down without a fight. With a semi-automatic in her handbag and her teenage son Dario (Sebastián Aguirre Boëda) in tow, she follows the good doctor home to his luxurious abode and takes him and his wife hostage, demanding answers. A nail-biting sociopolitical thriller with a darkly comic edge, A Monster With a Thousand Heads is the latest from Uruguayan-Mexican director Rodrigo Piá, who exploded onto the scene with the lean 2007 thriller The Zone and the sprawling Catholic drama The Desert Within (SIFF, 2009). Working off longtime collaborator Laura Santullo's tight script—based on her novel—Piá uses the genre of revenge cinema to tackle faceless bureaucracy in a world controlled by greed. "A wounded animal doesn't cry," the film posits. "It bites."

Director Biography
Rodrigo Plá, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, is a screenwriter and director best known for his 2007 film La Zona (The Zone). Plá studied photography, screenwriting, and direction in Mexico City, where he has lived since childhood.

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  • Director: Rodrigo Plá
  • Principal Cast: Jana Raluy, Sebastián Aguirre Boëda, Hugo Albores, Nora Huerta, Daniel Giménez Cacho
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Producer: Sandino Saravia Vinay, Rodrigo Plá
  • Screenplay: Laura Santullo
  • Cinematographers: Odei Zabaleta
  • Editors: Miguel Schverdfinger
  • Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Delay (2012); The Desert Within (2008); The Zone (2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films
  • International Sales: Memento Films International