Huesera: The Bone Woman

2022 [SPANISH]

Drama / Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97% · 98 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.1/10 10 5723 5.7K

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Sonia Couoh as Vero
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893.71 MB
Spanish 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 13
1.79 GB
Spanish 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 21
893.7 MB
Spanish 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 18
1.79 GB
Spanish 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 47

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paulclaassen 6 / 10

Not your typical horror movie of the genre.

Valeria just found out she is pregnant, and she and her husband Raul are ecstatic. We then notice her withdrawing a bit from Raul with her joy and enthusiasm dwindling. One night, she witnesses a woman jump from her apartment window, but all is not what it seems.

Soon after, Valeria starts sensing and seeing things. Is it her imagination? Is she hallucinating? Or is it something far more sinister? If you've watched 'Huesera: The Bone Woman', then the answer will be obvious, but I'm not doing spoilers here for those who haven't seen it yet!

The film offers so many creepy moments and disturbing images. This is not your average Hollywood-style possession movie and some viewers might be disappointed in that regard. The narration makes the viewer wonder and question what is real, and what is a figment of Valeria's imagination. It also doesn't explain everything as clearly as most mainstream movies do. Either way, it makes for a disturbing watch in the vein of 'Under the Shadow', while the ending (sort of) reminded me of 'The Witch'.

The film takes a bit of a dip around the end of the second act and into the third, but Natalia Solián's fantastic performance as Valeria kept me interested and wanting more. The ending is not what I expected, but then again, this is not your average horror movie and it is unpredictable.

Reviewed by thalassafischer 7 / 10

Absolutely Not a Horror Movie

This is a great folk drama or supernatural drama but it's not a horror film at all. The only time in the entire film that I experienced horror was when I thought Val had thrown her baby out of the window or broken the infant's neck in a fit of post-partum sleep deprived psychosis.

Basically, a bisexual woman leaves her lesbian lover at a young age - late teens from all appearances - and attends college, gets into a serious relationship with a man, and becomes pregnant. All of the things she thought would make her happy.

It turns out the "demons" that she's fighting is simply that this was never the life she wanted. She doesn't like children, she doesn't want to be a mother, she's still in love with her lesbian ex from when she was younger, and she has to undergo an extreme ritual ceremony to make peace with leaving her male partner and newborn baby for the life she actually wants.

It's a good movie in many ways, but I don't consider it a horror movie.

I see so many reviews here saying that Valeria is somehow "irresponsible" or "avoiding motherhood" who missed the point completely. Mexican culture is still extremely traditional and there's a lot of pressure on women to be mothers. Clearly there also is in the conservative parts of the US too. This is basically a movie about a queer person trying to play straight and give society what it wants, only to break down and realize she's living a lie.

In the opening scene, Valeria doesn't seem to even be that into sex with her male partner. I noticed that right off the bat. Then he rejects her sexually while she's pregnant, and she turns back to her female lover, not to another man. I mean I think it's obvious what's actually going on here, and Valeria is not irresponsible at all - she realizes she could hurt the baby and is protecting the child by leaving. Plenty of folks would accept that a child is better off without its biological father, why not the biological mother?

This is a complex film about women and about how religion and traditional society forces people into roles they might not really want, like trying to force gay people to be straight or trying to force women to be mothers when they don't want to be.

Reviewed by aarpcats 7 / 10

A Room of Her Own

In 1929, Virginia Woolf argued that centuries of calcified gender roles and financial disparity had prevented women from realizing their true potential. To become whole, she thought they needed agency, control over their own lives that she expressed in the idea of "a room of her own."

For Woolf, that room was her own writing garret in a house she shared with her husband. For Valeria, the heroine of this movie, it is the craft room in the apartment she shares with her husband, Raul. That room is where she makes the furniture she sells for a living.

Valeria's room is the first thing she has to give up when she becomes pregnant. The next is apparently anything she is entitled to say or think about her own body, which is what we see as her husband and family decide what is best for her without even acknowledging that she is in the room. And so develops the theme of the movie.

Not all women want children. They may love them and want what is best for them, but they know that they don't what to take care of them. They also may not be attracted to or want to love a man.

The idea of being voluntarily childless and with another is hard enough in the US, but almost impossible in a place like Mexico where gender roles are more deeply defined. Valeria CAN'T be the woman Raul and her family want her to be, even if she wants to be. Her struggle to please them makes her feel like her very bones are breaking.

This movie uses the Mexican legend of "La Huesera" to tell women to embrace who they are. La Huesera is a spirit who collects wolf bones. When she has enough bones, she calls the wolf's spirit to come back to inhibit them. When the wolf does, they both run free.

In this movie, Valeria has to make hard choices to run free. But she does.

The movie isn't a horror movie. It's a parable about accepting yourself as you are, no matter what the cost is.

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