Thursday, February 06, 2014

TJS Documentary Review: The Woman Who Wasn't There


The Woman Who Wasn't There

Rating:Almost a whole pack
             17 out of 20 cigarettes

Where you watch it- Netflix Streaming


This is the second best documentary I have watched on Netflix. The subject of this film- Tania Head- is one of the most fascinating in any documentary I have watched so far. This woman is so extraordinary and unbelievable and yet you know her. You know this woman.

 TWWWT is one of those rabbit hole documentaries that starts in one place and ends in a completely different place. A documentary that does this rare but it is the best kind. Because life unfolds this way, does it not? The only other documentary that I think outdoes this one is "Capturing the Friedmans." And if you haven't seen that - see it and brace yourself.


Like many documentaries in the last couple years TWWWT uses animation. The style of the animation and how it is implemented adds so much to the film. The editing of the interviews, "talking heads," is masterful as well.

Peeling back a layer, I think this is a very important film to add to the 9/11 documentary canon. The perspective taken examines the psychological impact the disaster had on the world.  Although, this case is exaggerated- I can't help relating to Tania somehow. What she did was incredible.

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