The Holy Girl

Release April 29, 2005 (Limited)
Cast María Alche, Julieta Zylberberg, Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Mía Maestro, Marta Lubos, Arturo Goetz, Alejo Mango, Mónica Villa
Director Lucrecia Martel
Writer Juan Pablo Domenech, Lucrecia Martel
Genres Drama
Studio Fine Line Features
Length 104 mins.


The Holy Girl intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls, Amalia (María Alche) and her best friend Josefina (Julieta Zylberberg). Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, director Lucrecia 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.

Understanding the temptation of good – and the evil it causes – The Holy Girl delicately explores themes of sin, frustration and desire.

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