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945 Ratings

The Holy Girl

La niña santa

Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Argentina, Netherlands, 2004


Schoolgirl Amalia comes alive when a stranger rubs up against her in a crowd. The man happens to be a prestigious doctor who is staying in the hotel run by Amalia’s divorcee mother for a medical convention. Inflamed by both warped love and curiosity, the pious-perverse girl begins to stalk him.

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The Holy Girl Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Critics reviews

Martel mixes notion of religion and perversity with a probing wit worthy of Buñuel (the film is often wryly funny), while her meticulous visual compositions and vivid sound design recall the work of Robert Bresson. Yet the warm characterizations, which transcend the sharp humor, are unmistakably Martel’s.
April 27, 2018
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