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Director:
Writers:
Lucrecia Martel (written by)
Juan Pablo Domenech (contributing writer)
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Release Date:
6 May 2004 (Argentina) See more »
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Plot:
16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul a middle-aged doctor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Mercedes Morán ... Helena
Carlos Belloso ... Dr. Jano
Alejandro Urdapilleta ... Freddy
María Alche ... Amalia
Julieta Zylberberg ... Josefina

Mía Maestro ... Inés
Marta Lubos ... Mirta
Arturo Goetz ... Dr. Vesalio
Alejo Mango ... Dr. Cuesta
Mónica Villa ... Madre de Josefina
Leandro Stivelman ... Julian
Manuel Schaller ... Thermin player
Miriam Diaz ... Miriam
Rodolfo Cejas ... Josefina's father
Maria Victoria Mosca Coll ... Local girl
Ornella Velazco ... Local girl
Guadalupe Pardo Hernandez ... Local girl
Ana Carolina Beltran ... Local girl
Rodolfo Cabrera ... Manuel the plumber
Maria Susana Falcon ... Josefina's aunt
Guillermo Enrique Castro ... Lad in accident
Victor Anuch ... Juan Pablo
Sebastian Diaz Sabala ... Juan Pablo's friend
Maria Micol Ellero ... Josefina's sister
Sebastián Montagna ... Josefina's brother
Maria Emilia Martinez ... Josefina's sister
Guido Nunez ... Medical consultant
Nilda Silvia Suarez ... Photocopier woman
Ana Maria Fernandez ... Jano's wife
Carlos Silvio Poma ... Dr. Lara
Eduardo Jesus Chaig ... Doctor
Juan Solis ... Doctor
Roberto Bernacki ... Doctor
Oscar Victoriano Sarmiento ... Doctor
David Daniel Torino ... Doctor
Eliana Santillan ... Servant
Alejandro Leonidas Diaz ... Pool worker
Florinda Rosa Guamante ... Caretaker
David Mansilla ... Hotel porter
Pablo Arias ... Hotel porter
Marcos Reynoso ... Phone assistant

Directed by
Lucrecia Martel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Juan Pablo Domenech  contributing writer
Lucrecia Martel  written by

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... co-producer: El Deseo S.A.
Pedro Almodóvar .... executive producer
Tilde Corsi .... associate producer
Esther García .... executive producer
Alfredo Ghirardo .... co-producer
Nora Kohen .... co-producer
Cesare Petrillo .... associate producer
Vieri Razzini .... associate producer
Gianni Romoli .... associate producer
Lita Stantic .... producer
Álvaro Urtizberea .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Andres Gerszenzon 
 
Cinematography by
Félix Monti 
 
Film Editing by
Santiago Ricci 
 
Casting by
Nicolas Levin 
Natalia Smirnoff 
 
Art Direction by
Graciela Oderigo 
 
Set Decoration by
Fernando Brun 
 
Costume Design by
Julio Suárez 
 
Makeup Department
Marisa Amenta .... makeup artist
Marcelo Iúdice .... hair stylist
Etelvina Veron .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Matías Mosteirín .... production director
Marta Parga .... production manager
Marta Parga .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Florencia Blanco .... assistant director
Natalia Smirnoff .... assistant director
Fabiana Tiscornia .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Angélica Alvear .... set dresser
Martín Libert .... property master
 
Sound Department
Guido Berenblum .... sound
Marcos De Aguirre .... sound
Roberto Espinoza .... foley artist
David Miranda .... sound
Victor Alejandro Tendler .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Sergio Rentero .... visual effects supervisor
Rodrigo Tomasso .... digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luisa Cavanagh .... video assist
Lucas Guidalevich .... film recorder operator: Cineon
Daniel Hermo .... gaffer
Manuel Rebella .... electrician
Victor Vasini .... film recorder operator: Cineon
 
Other crew
Gustavo Guido .... production assistant
Carola Jalife .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La niña santa" - Argentina (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content and brief nudity
Runtime:
106 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Austria:12 | Belgium:KT | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | France:U | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Spain:18 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #41466)
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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Lucrecia Martel: An Argentinean Filmmaker in the Vein of Buñuel and Almodóvar, 12 September 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

Lucrecia Martel is one gifted artist. Her latest film, 'La Niña santa' (The Holy Girl) was conceived, written and directed in a style that is a tough and puzzling of Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar: what you see on the screen is an enigmatic mixture of sexuality and spirituality, comedy and drama, polemics and parody, all woven together in a fascinatingly beautiful story that demands a lot from the audience. Martel is a talent of enormous potential and magnitude.

In a somewhat seedy hotel somewhere in Argentina (? Buenos Aires,? Rosario) lives divorced party planner Helena (a brilliant Mercedes Morán), her also divorced brother Freddy (Alejandro Urdapilleta), and her teenage daughter Amalia (María Alche). Amalia goes to parochial school with her friend Josefina (Julieta Zylberberg) and there they study Catholic life and the need for a 'vocation'. Both girls are caught up in the throes of adolescent sexual awakening and committed spiritual development, with the loggerheads the two themes can produce. Josefina is having safe sex (ie anal sex) while demanding that her perpetrator not speak during the act. Amalia finds a different encounter.

In the hotel is a convention of doctors, among them one Dr. Jano (Carlos Belloso) who, though married with children, has a secretive act of pressing himself against the buttocks of young girls (an act of molestation), and while listening to a street Thermin player, he rubs against Amalia. Amalia becomes obsessed with the act and its possible permutations and finally decides that this man's redemption is her 'vocation'. While she confides the incidents to Josefina, she otherwise keeps her secret.

Meanwhile Helena is monitoring the doctors' convention and meets Dr Jano, is attracted to him, and agrees to be an 'actress' for a convention closing drama on doctor/patient relationships. Dr Jano is invited to Helena's room where of course he meets the stalking Amalia, and the tension of the multiple innuendos mounts. Dr Jano's family arrives at the convention dousing Helena's hopes for a assignation, but encouraging Amalia to corner Jano to reassure him he is a good man (ie, she provides his redemption - her 'vocation' commitment for her spiritual training). How this plays out in the end provides the food for post-film thought and is best left for the viewer to see.

Martel's technique for drawing characters is unique and extraordinary, made all the stronger from her carefully selected cast of top-flight actors (many of whom she has used in prior projects, 'La Cienega' etc). Her camera designs (fulfilled by cinematographer Félix Monti) and her wondrous emphasis on sound (including original music by Andres Gerzenson as well as repeated use of Thermin reproduction of music by Bach and Bizet) give her film a special look that is becoming her trademark.

Her executive producer is Pedro Almodóvar which should tell the audience a lot about the importance of this film. Lucrecia Martel creates difficult, highly intelligent, at times meandering, but always fascinating movies. She is a budding giant in the industry. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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