Holy Girl ★★★ La Nina Santa; The Holy Child 2004 (R)
Martel's second feature film, in Spanish with English subtitles, explores themes of sexual power, shame and longing through the comings and goings and chance encounters of doctors and hotel staff during an otolaryngologists (ear, nose, & throat specialists) conference. At the center is the hotel manager's teenage and very Catholic daughter who is discovering the vulnerability and power of her own sexuality. The story unfolds in a not-so-orderly fashion but patience finds an intricate and startling conclusion. 106m/ C DVD . AR NL SP IT Mercedes Moran, Carlo Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Maria Alche, Julieta Zylberberg; D: Lucretia Martel; W: Lucretia Martel; C: Felix Monti; M: Andres Gerszenzon.