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The Holy Girl

Lucrecia Martel directed this potent drama of love, sex, misunderstanding, and coming-of-age. Amalia (María Alche) is a girl edging into her early teens who has begun to ripen into adulthood. Amalia lives in a big hotel owned and operated by her divorced mother, Helena (Mercedes Morán), and her uncle Freddy (Alejandro Urdapilleta). Amalia and her best friend, Josefina (Julieta Zylberberg), are becoming increasingly aware of their own desires and are curious about sex, but between their Catholic education and Helena's unwillingness to discuss such matters with her daughter, their speculation outstrips their actual knowledge. A convention for medical workers brings Dr. Jano (Carlos Belloso) and a number of his colleagues to the hotel. Emboldened by the festive atmosphere, the timid doctor presses his body up against Amalia's, unaware of her age. The married Dr. Jano is embarrassed by his actions and troubled by his strong attraction to Helena; Amalia, meanwhile, is convinced the doctor has become overcome with unholy lust, and she and Josefina take it upon themselves to save him from himself before it is too late. La Niña Santa (aka The Holy Child) was produced in part by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
UPC: 0883316453520
Original Release: 2004
Source: Hbo Archives
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 63,770

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Making of "The Holy Girl" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mercedes Morán Helena
Carlos Belloso Dr. Jano
Alejandro Urdapilleta Freddy
Maria Alche Amalia
Julieta Zylberberg Josefina
Monica Villa Actor
Marta Lubos Actor
Alejo Mango Actor
Arturo Goetz Actor
Mía Maestro Actor
Teodora Actor

Technical Credits
Lucrecia Martel Director,Screenwriter
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Pedro Almodóvar Executive Producer
Guido Berenblum Sound/Sound Designer
Tilde Corsi Associate Producer
Marcos De Aguirre Sound/Sound Designer
Esther Garcia Executive Producer
Andres Gerszenzon Score Composer
Alfredo Ghirardo Associate Producer
Nora Kohen Associate Producer
David Miranda Sound/Sound Designer
Felix Monti Cinematographer
Graciela Oderigo Production Designer
Cesare Petrillo Associate Producer
Vieri Razzini Associate Producer
Santiago Ricci Editor
Gianni Romoli Associate Producer
Lita Stantic Producer
Julio César Suarez Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Holy Girl
1. Listening for the Call [1:54]
2. The New Vocation [6:28]
3. Finding Inspiration [1:37]
4. Fall of Man [6:08]
5. The Dinner Date [3:06]
6. Hearing Test [4:45]
7. Holding the Key [5:41]
8. Dramatization [1:42]
9. Poor Cover [8:10]
10. Coming Clean [:11]
11. Credits [8:03]

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