Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Holy Girl/La Nina Santa -Lucrecia Martel


Today I want to write about the second movie by Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel.

The Holy Girl/La nina santa.
Lucrecia Martel, 2004
Argentina, 104 minutes

Lucrecia Martel writes and directs her movies. It's cinema d'auteur. The films are set on the North of Argentina where she's from. She was born in Salta and if you pay attention and know enough Spanish you can hear a slightly different accent that the Argentinian accent from Buenos Aires (porteno) usually heard in Argentinian movies.

This film is set in a crumbling Hotel Termas where a medical convention is being hosted.
As a child, Lucrecia used to stay with her parents in this hotel on winter vacations.

The film captures the lives of Amalia and Josefina, two teenagers who are best friends.

Amalia is the hotel owner's daughter. Her mother is played by Mercedes Moran, an actress that we encountered before on 'La Cienaga." She is a divorced woman who is very closed to her brother (Alejandro Urdapilleta.) They have an interesting relationship. Together they run the hotel as a pair of children-grown up adults.

The two girls attend Catholic groups and Catechism lessons. This is based on Lucrecia's life too. She used to attend these type of groups.

After an encounter with Doctor Jano (Carlos Belloso) Amalia will get in touch with her own sexuality and would like to deliver him from inappropriate behaviour.

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