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The Holy Girl
The Holy Girl
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THE HOLY GIRL

La niña santa

Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Argentina, Netherlands, 2004
Drama

Synopsis

Amalia, an adolescent torn between her sexuality and Catholic faith, encounters Dr. Jano’s inappropriate advances. Repulsed yet inspired, she believes it’s her mission to save him. Becoming an unusual voyeur, she starts stalking the doctor.

Synopsis

Amalia, an adolescent torn between her sexuality and Catholic faith, encounters Dr. Jano’s inappropriate advances. Repulsed yet inspired, she believes it’s her mission to save him. Becoming an unusual voyeur, she starts stalking the doctor.

Our take

Triangulating adolescence with liminal spaces of hotels and pools, Lucrecia Martel followed a seismic debut with an exquisitely framed, richly textured examination of desire. Kissing, tonguing, and touching are acts of divine calling as much as rites of passage in this astounding coming-of-age film.