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A Monster with a Thousand Heads (2015)

Un monstruo de mil cabezas (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 9 December 2016 (Mexico)
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When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet (Jan Raluy) takes things into her own hands. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and ... See full summary »

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Rodrigo Plá

Writer:

Laura Santullo
11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jana Raluy ... Sonia Bonet Castrejón
Sebastián Aguirre ... Dario Castrejón Bonet (as Sebastián Aguirre Boëra)
Hugo Albores Hugo Albores ... Dr. Villalba
Emilio Echevarría ... Enrique Sandoval Núñez
Úrsula Pruneda ... Monica
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Nicolas Pietro
Noé Hernández ... Doorman
Harold Torres ... Police Agent 1
Marisol Centeno Marisol Centeno ... Lorena Morgan's Assistant
Veronica Falcón ... Lorena Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marco Antonio Aguirre Marco Antonio Aguirre
Francisco Barreiro ... Baez
Gabriel Casanova Gabriel Casanova ... Empleado hospital
Ilya Cazes Ilya Cazes ... Notario
Ivan Cortes Ivan Cortes ... Man In Robe
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When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet (Jan Raluy) takes things into her own hands. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and disinterested workers, she is pushed to her breaking point: with her son in tow, she attempts to fight the system.

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Laura Santullo wrote the screenplay based on her novel by the same name of the film and is the wife of director Rodrigo Pla. She has written the screenplay for all four of his full length feature films. See more »

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Sonia Bonet: [to her son, Dario] Next time, we'll rob a bank, okay?
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La Negra Tomasa
Written by Guillermo Rodríguez Fiffe
Performed by Caifanes
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A bold attempt to fight the flawed system.
4 September 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

A Mexican thriller-drama based on the novel of the same name. A theme about fighting a defect in the health insurance policy by an ordinary middle-class family. I had no idea of what this film is about, in the last minute I decided to watch, not even knowing about the storyline or its genre. But intrigued by its honest narration. The depiction in the film might not how in the real world happen, yet it uncovers what the desperate people can able to do if they were not treated fairly. You should not judge it by its cover, I mean its low rating and bad reviews. It is a much better film with a message.

The film ran nearly 75 minutes, which is shorter than an average film length, but it revealed everything it wanted to tell the viewers in a bold attempt. One of the realistic films I have ever seen that dealt with the real world issue in an unconventional way. The story of a middle aged wife Sonia, whose husband is very ill and completely depending on the insurance to cover the bills, but the company refuses to pay. So her quest commence to convince them and when she realises it is complicated, in the desperation she takes an alternate route to handle the situation. The following events are unexpected, powerful, before emotionally concluding.

"Next time, we'll rob a bank, okay?"

It is not about the corruption, but still fits in that category. In the end how you take it all matters. It started off like a slow drama, the developments were failed to impress me until the first 20 minutes. Surprised by the series of events came after that. The mother and son fighting the system their way when there was no option left, or maybe going through the legal proceeding might cost the time and life of the patient. They knew their position, and they did what have to be done at that point without thinking the consequence.

It is definitely an interesting take, the writer might have inspired by the real poor people's struggle to access the health insurance benefits, especially in the developing countries. So she added some extra contents to the screenplay (book) where the characters in the story can fight the bureaucracy and to make the story appeal its audience. The film was awesomely made, though there was no money making agenda behind it. The actors, particularly the one as Sonia was amazing, she could convince the viewers the character she played or the story are not fake. And then often, the gunfire sounds suddenly changes the environment in the film to pick up the pace like we do hit the refresh in our computer.

That one night event where most of the story takes place was looked some kind of undercover operation by the media. But the camera angles to cover the other side of some of the scenes were smart enough to pour in more interesting stuffs to us to stick with it. This film can't be watched for entertainment or to gain inspiration from unlawful act that shown in it, but it's set to deliver its own message. I don't think anybody would regret watching it, because it is short and sweet and the topic of the film is alone worth a watch. There are some full male nude scenes, but they were unintentional. Other than that it is a good film for everybody, especially for the grown ups I suggest.

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9 December 2016 (Mexico) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,900, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$24,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,865
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