Holy Girl, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Tedious and talky Spanish-language film about a teenage girl (Maria Alche) who pursues a married doctor (Carlos Belloso) with a notion of "saving" him after he inappropriately presses up against her in a crowd, though saving in this case seems more like seducing. The doctor, meanwhile, falls for her divorcee mother (Mercedes Moran). Argentine writer-director Lucrecia Martel has stated her film is made from a Catholic perspective, with themes of "the dangers of differentiating good from evil," taking "back the reins of our own existence" and "drawing a line between live tissue and moral prosthesis," but with its sluggish narrative, unappealing characters and dreary film style, picking out the dubious Catholic underpinning seems inconsequential. Subtitles. Some fleeting rear and partial nudity, adolescent sexual musings, same-sex kissing, and a nonsexual bed scene with the best friend and her boyfriend. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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