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The Holy Girl

Rated R 106 minutes 2005

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel follows up her distinctive debut feature, La cienaga (2001), with another tale (2004) whose feeling of lassitude conceals a subtle but deadly family dysfunction. It's set in a specifically Catholic milieu, hovering around a medical convention at a small-town hotel, and once again a swimming pool serves as a kind of center for floating libidos. As Martel points out, the movie is about the “difficulties” and “dangers” of “differentiating good from evil,” and it requires as well as rewards a fair amount of alertness from the viewer. A theremin plays a prominent role in the story. In Spanish with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Lucrecia Martel

Writer: Juan Pablo Domenech and Lucrecia Martel

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar, Esther García, Alfredo Ghirardo, Gustavo Guido, Nora Kohen, Lita Stantic and Álvaro Urtizberea

Cast: Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, María Alche, Julieta Zylberberg, Mia Maestro, Marta Lubos, Arturo Goetz, Alejo Mango, Mónica Villa and Rodolfo Cejas

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