The Holy Girl
The Holy Girl (2005)

A chance encounter between Amalia and Dr Jano, who is attending a medical conference at the hotel, allows the young girl to at last find her vocation -- to save a man from sin.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

Director Lucrecia Martel's storytelling is spare to the point of being stingy.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Ultimately turns out to be something of a bore, a film that, like one of its main characters, wanders around touching on subjects and then fleeing before connecting fully.

Emanuel Levy

With this well executed drama, a follow-up to her La Cienega, Lucrecia Martel emerges as a major Argentinean filmmaker.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Martel's style is tentative, elusive, so much so that even the most conventional episodes benefit from her fresh perspective.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A uniquely intriguing motion picture.

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Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Some of The Holy Girl is hard to follow, but the reward is Martel's ability to create a spiritual yet subtly lecherous mood.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A very intelligent movie marked by candor and compassion.

Bob Strauss
Dallas Morning News

A low-key tone poem about the passions of sex and religion

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Martel's distinctive and fascinatingly innovative style warrants her being considered as an auteur.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Dimitris Springer
Martel defies the canonized "Catholic" topics by alienating the values of love,detest and sickness.Inner sickness,vacant passion and finally,that… More
William Dunmyer
"The Holy Girl" is one of the most boring films I've ever seen. Set in a hotel during a doctors' conference, it chronicles myriad banalities… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Holy Girl", Helena(Mercedes Moran), a divorcee with a teenaged daughter, Amalia(Maria Alche), works at a hotel hosting a… More