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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 »
Genre:
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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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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11 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Not even two beers can help digest this movie., 13 October 2005
Author: vmarthirial from New York

The first time I started to watch this movie was after drinking two beers pretending they would be enough to send my stressful day at work into the past and help me indulge in the simple pleasures of idleness.

I couldn't understand anything of the first 20 minutes and falling sleep won the match. I didn't take this loosely the next day, first of all I speak Spanish and the language was not an issue, secondly, if two beers are making me so incompetent, AA in my area will be my next google search.

So I decided to give the movie (and me) a new chance the next night. This time, though, no beer, volume all the way up and the intention of conquering a task with the eagerness that can come only from being defeated at it beforehand.

Nope, still no good. This time I say the whole thing and I must say, this is the Iraq war of movies: A complete mess without justification.

On purpose I will leave aside the cinematic details so I don't sound like a wannabe connoisseur (MS Word corrected this word, BTW) or a reviewer with some clout, I am just a disgruntle customer exposed to this almost comic levels of ineptness portrayed as a Drama film.

Well, the single merit of this thing is that it has more scenes of people lying on beds than a porn movie (but in this case, they are not doing anything, just there… and still there…. There….forever). Secondly, actors don't do anything (again); they are just Argentinean mannequins whispering some absurd words in an environment that makes no sense with a plot that seems to have been written on the back of the check that founded this idea of a film.

The trite recipe of inserting some shocking scenes on the film so they carry the chore of making the rest of the movie worth something, again, fails. The director shows almost a sadistic delight on keeping the camera 6 inches away from the unanimated character, thinking that this is enough to portray a study of human something (sickness, emotions, whatever because we never know at the end) and give a social commentary of something even more groped by intellectualoids: Religion and Sex. The time goes by and nothing happens, nothing is concluded. This idleness is way better than the one I was expecting from my two beers the day before, but this is not fun, this is a waste.

Blockbuster now remembers me as "the crazy dude that wanted a refund for a bad movie he rented". Well, yes, I returned this movie, made a scene and got my $4.86 back. Is not possible that rubbish like this gets distributed and God forbids, other project got rejected or delayed. I know is not a fair world, but this is testing the limits.

I will always support foreign movies, especially from Latin America, but something I can't support is to perpetuate mediocrity by implying that because the movie was produced in Argentina or that the director is a woman, or that the theme is so controversial, it can get away by overlooking quality, coherence or merit.

The good news is that my drinking is not a health issue (yet). This movie is awful, drunk or sober.

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