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      The Holy Girl

      R Released Apr 29, 2005 1 hr. 46 min. Drama List
      78% 63 Reviews Tomatometer 58% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Amalia (María Alche) is an adolescent girl who is caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality and her deeply held passion for her Catholic faith. These two drives mingle when the visiting Dr. Jano (Carlos Belloso) takes advantage of a crowd to get inappropriately close to the girl. Repulsed by him but inspired by an inner burning, Amalia decides it is her God-given mission to save the doctor from his behavior, and she begins to stalk Dr. Jano, becoming a most unusual voyeur. Read More Read Less
      The Holy Girl

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      This provocative, lyrical drama mixes themes of forbidden sexuality and redemptive faith with a touch of humanism in a memorable, if disorienting, visual style.

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      cristobal s Very impresive film about the sexlife of a young teenager Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave s The Holy Girl is an odd but intriguing Argentinian film directed by Lucrecia Martel. Amalia is a young girl and devout Christian, waiting patiently for God to provide her with guidance on how to live her life. She lives with her mother in a hotel where a medical convention is being held and ultimately becomes engaged in a nebulous relationship with a visiting doctor. Martel allows the majority of the scenes to play out in front of an Ozu-like stationary camera – no pans, no zooms, no tracking or crane shots – which may be off-putting to some viewers. Despite an ending that some may find vague or confusing, it is an interesting character study of a girl coming to terms with her faith and her sexuality, as well as a doctor coming to terms with his actions. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Whereas in La Ciénaga Martel was always able to maintain a tight structure and focus even with a huge gallery of characters, in this case her notably flawed narrative - despite her usual social commentary and a promising premise - lacks cohesion and seems to go nowhere. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was useless... Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (2004) The Holy Girl (In Argentina/ Spanish with English subtitles) PHILOSOPHICAL DRAMA Very plotless story with allocation overtones revolves around a Catholic school where a group of young girls are speaking "vocation", and upon one of the young girls watching a musician through a window, a doctor then stands too close to her resulting her to draw herself close to him! You would think something happens but nothing does, for director Pedro Aldomovar is also one of the executive producers of this film where nothing happens because there is no story to be told just a bunch of scenes nad their situtations with Christian book values! 2 out of 4 Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Devout religious girl finds holy purpose in the interest of a lecherous doctor who enjoys rubbing himself against her clothed bum in public and running away when she turns. Some may find it boring because it generally projects the subtleties of human relationships rather than having them unrealistically conform to a melodramatic arc. Not to say this piece isn't melodramatic, as at times it drips. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic Director Lucrecia Martel's storytelling is spare to the point of being stingy. Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 7, 2005 Full Review John Hartl Seattle Times Martel's style is tentative, elusive, so much so that even the most conventional episodes benefit from her fresh perspective. Rated: 3/4 Jun 24, 2005 Full Review Diego Batlle Otroscines.com In one of her best works on the big screen, Mercedes Morán's beautiful maturity and sensuality support this very solid cast... [Full review in Spanish] Aug 28, 2023 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) There's an intimacy and intensity between them that is both platonic and slyly sexual... Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com With this well executed drama, a follow-up to her La Cienega, Lucrecia Martel emerges as a major Argentinean filmmaker. Rated: B+ Jun 28, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Amalia (María Alche) is an adolescent girl who is caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality and her deeply held passion for her Catholic faith. These two drives mingle when the visiting Dr. Jano (Carlos Belloso) takes advantage of a crowd to get inappropriately close to the girl. Repulsed by him but inspired by an inner burning, Amalia decides it is her God-given mission to save the doctor from his behavior, and she begins to stalk Dr. Jano, becoming a most unusual voyeur.
      Director
      Lucrecia Martel
      Executive Producer
      Esther García
      Screenwriter
      Juan Pablo Domenech, Lucrecia Martel
      Distributor
      Fine Line Features
      Production Co
      El Deseo S.A., La Pasionaria S.r.l.
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Content|Brief Nudity)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 29, 2005, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 6, 2005
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $303.9K