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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 »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
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Stunning and disturbing! See more (37 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Soundtrack:
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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Stunning and disturbing!, 27 August 2004
Author: Blanca (deneuve2) from U.S.A.

Director and co-writer, Lucrecia Martel (Argentina, 1966), has certainly re-written the Lolita story. But this time, the older male finds a more complex younger female in his way. The world is small and certainly claustrophobic, mainly a hotel with mineral baths somewhere in the Santiago del Estero region in Argentina called Las Termas. Tourists come and go into this hotel where all employees form a kind of extended family. Amalia, played by María Alché,is a 15 year-old immersed in the study of catechism and sexual awakening. The great question becomes that of vocation, "what does God wishes me to do." Dr. Jano, played by Carlos Belloso, attends a professional medical conference at Las Termas and engages in improper sexual conduct in a public street of the small town. Once discovered by Amalia, his remorse grows as things become more and more entangled. Amalia and Dr. Jano engage in a mesmerizing game of hide and seek, of desire to redeem and fear of the consequences of losing anonymity.

La niña santa is a haunting film, beautifully shot and full of complex nuances as well as tension. It left me with a sense of "what happened here?" Regarding its director, Pedro Almodovar (one of the film's executive producers) as said that she knows is part of his list of favorite film directors. Perhaps he sees in Martel's work the subtleties that he himself lacks.

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