"The Holy Girl"
Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Lucrecia Martel demonstrates why she's one of
cinema's most exciting young directors with this acclaimed follow-up to
La Cienaga. A powerful coming-of-age story with bold religious themes,
Martel's sophomore drama stars Maria Alche and Julieta Zylberberg as close
teenage friends who temper their curiosity about sex with their strict
Catholic upbringings. A charged physical encounter with a respected
physician (Carlos Belloso) causes the girls to seek salvation for the
middle-aged doctor--an endeavor fraught with new discoveries about power,
shame, and sexual vulnerability. "A film that defies categorization, but
I'm tempted to call it a miracle" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times).
In Spanish with English subtitles. 106