La Nina Santa (The Holy Girl)

  • 2004
  • Argentina / Italy / Netherlands / Spain
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lucrecia Martel
  • Cast: Mercedes Moran, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Maria Lache

This film is set during a specialist medical convention at a provincial hotel, which happens to be the home of glamorous divorcee Helena (Moran) and her schoolgirl daughter Amalia (Lache). When one of the visiting doctors (Belloso) rubs himself up against the teenager in a crowded street, the Catholic Amalia decides that this is her divine calling to save the man from his sins, even though he's also caught the eye of her mother. This is a f film which lets the viewer make their own connections between pieces in its narrative puzzle, right down to its satisfyingly oblique ending.

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