The Holy Girl (2004)
"La niña santa" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  6 May 2004 (Argentina)
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16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul a middle-aged doctor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Morán ...
Carlos Belloso ...
Dr. Jano
Alejandro Urdapilleta ...
María Alche ...
Marta Lubos ...
Arturo Goetz ...
Dr. Vesalio
Alejo Mango ...
Dr. Cuesta
Mónica Villa ...
Madre de Josefina
Leandro Stivelman ...
Manuel Schaller ...
Thermin player
Miriam Diaz ...
Rodolfo Cejas ...
Josefina's father
Maria Victoria Mosca Coll ...
Local girl


ENT physicians gather at a provincial hotel in Salta. The hotel owner, Helena, is subdued, brittle, avoiding the calls of her ex-husband's pregnant wife. Family dysfunction seems everywhere. Helena's daughter, Amalia, about 14, discusses vocations in a Catholic girls group. Their teen imaginations conflate the erotic, the religious, and the lurid. Amalia notices Dr. Jano, and he notices her. She decides to make him her vocation, she follows him, he rubs against her in a public crowd, he's appalled at his actions. Meanwhile, Helena believes Jano is attracted to her even though he's married. Longing, guilt, scandal, and teen sensuality are set to collide. Written by <>

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Rated R for some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

6 May 2004 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

The Holy Girl  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,327 (USA) (29 April 2005)


$304,124 (USA) (1 July 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Among the worst that I saw...
7 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on DVD and I almost suffer a cardiac arrest - terrible piece of art!!!. I had watched The Swamp a couple of years ago, which I found even worse, unbearable really!!!.

Lucrecia I'm sorry, but I don't really understand you at all. On top of that, I had the patience to go through all the "making of the movie" and the interviews that the DVD brings, I could not believe all the rubbish I was hearing. Not only you, but everyone who spoke in those interviews looked like complete charlatans. Trying to justify every single bit of the story with silly arguments.

Absolutely pointless to keep wasting my time - please do not watch this crap!

Cheers, Esteban Bernasconi

PS: tried to write in Spanish but the system does not accept it!

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