The Holy Girl (La Nina Santa)


(out of 5)

Poignant character observations more than compensate for a loose plot in this haunting film by Lucrecia Martel. Amalia is a young girl is being raised in a hotel with her mother (), who inherited the business (along with her brother) from her parents and is preparing to host a doctor’s convention. After an introverted physician initiates some sexual harassment on Amalia, she takes her Catholic education in hand and makes it her holy mission to save him. Meanwhile, her mother courts the doctor while preparing to participate in a staged consultation for the convention in which her encroaching ear condition is dealt with, completely oblivious to the situation with her daughter. The camerawork is stunning, as is , who has never been more beautiful.

Argentina/Italy/The Netherlands/Spain, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Lucrecia Martel, contributing writer

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2004, TIFF 2004

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,



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