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The Holy Girl (2004)

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Original title: Niña santa, La

Release Date
• USA: Oct 10, 2004
• UK: 24 Oct 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 6, 2005

Budget USD 1,400,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexual content and brief nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country Argentina, Italy, Netherlands, Spain

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Genre: Drama, Experimental

Plot: With her award-winning feature-film debut, La Ciénaga (The Swamp) (2001), writer-director Lucrecia Martel emerged as one of the brightest figures of the new Argentinean cinema. In her follow up, the 2004 Cannes Film Festival Competition entry, LA NIÑA SANTA (THE HOLY GIRL), Martel intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls, Amalia (MARIA ALCHÉ) and her best friend, Josefina (JULIETA ZYLBERBERG). Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, Martel creates a potent and specific portrait of adolescent life.

In the town of La Ciénaga, Amalia lives with her attractive, divorced mother, Helena (MERCEDES MORÁN), and her uncle, Freddy (ALEJANDRO URDAPILLETA), in the crumbling, run-down Hotel Termas, which her family owns and runs.

After choir rehearsals the girls gather in the parish church for further instruction in faith and vocation. What does God want from me? How do I discern between the temptation of the Devil and the calling of God? In between the teachings, the girls gossip and whisper secretively.

The lives of the girls and their families intersect with those of a group of visiting orhinolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) staying at the hotel for a medical convention,

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 Directed by
Lucrecia Martel
Ciénaga, La
 Written by
Lucrecia Martel
Ciénaga, La
Carlos Belloso
Felicidades, Peligrosa obsesión, Botines
Julieta Zylberberg
Géminis, Bendita vida
Arturo Goetz
Derecho de familia, Cama adentro
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