[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Holy Girl
She is both temptation and salvation.
Amalia is an adolescent girl who is caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality and her deeply held passion for her Catholic faith. These two drives mingle when the visiting Dr. Jano takes advantage of a crowd to get inappropriately close to the girl. Repulsed by him but inspired by an inner burning, Amalia decides it is her God-given mission to save the doctor from his behavior, and she begins to stalk Dr. Jano, becoming a most unusual voyeur.
I've now seen Martel's three features, and her fourth can't come soon enough. Asymmetrical framing, an eye for sensual detail that rivals Denis, and a capacity to use minimalist narrative not to make the audience fill in all the details but to gently draw focus to what she prioritizes all make her one of the most exciting filmmakers working despite the placid, sometimes lethargic tone her movies can take. This film, about a young, pious girl whose desire to show the older man who gropes her the error of his ways while also grappling with the sexual desire it stirs in her pubescent mind, approaches sexuality with such complexity that despite a relatively event-free narrative, I'd need to watch it…
Que hora es?
Qué satisfactorio es pensar "acá debería terminar la película" que pasen 30 segundos y lo haga.
Bellas y atípicas composiciones de cuadros además.
First experience with Martel...kinda blown away.
Love the lack of sentimentality in this coming-of-age story, which was definitely a breath of fresh air for me.
Love how Martel frames her actors (and how she continues to frame them the same way throughout the film). Was also taken aback when we got that first handheld, documentarian hallway shot right after the still shots in the first scene (were they still? Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me... camera was definitely more 'loose' in that hallway shot). I cannot make out why Martel puts so much focus on the ear as a part of the human body (constantly framing characters' ears almost as the main subject makes for some weird shots...…
Giving this the middle of the road rating because I'm not sure what to think of it right now. I may be spent as far as "difficult" movies go for a moment. I'm very tempted to watch fluff or rewatch my favorites at the moment.
What I will say about the movie I watched is that I loved Ines and the Ines storyline. She's Disney princess level beautiful, and with her crying at her own singing about Jesus and continual refusal to answer any of her student's questions, she hints at the larger themes of the film I believe. Something about what's unseen or ignored in society? The way a Disney woman compares with a real one (like the rest…
The way that Lucrecia Martel approaches the budding sexuality of a teenager in the The Holy Girl it quite interesting. It is the story of a young girl with nothing but a religious compass to judge things, and in the fallout of an act of sexual aggression interprets it the only way she knows how, compassion and salvation. This flury of confusing and misplaced behavior is perfectly captured by María Alche's nuanced performance and enhanced even further with Martel's disorienting and claustrophobic visuals. The Holy Girl is made up of so many close-ups with some wonderful and astute framing. She always finds a wonderful way to capture a piece of someone in her frame while leaving them just outside her…
Whereas in La Ciénaga Martel was always able to maintain a tight structure and focus even with a huge gallery of characters, in this case her notably flawed narrative - despite her usual social commentary and a promising premise - lacks cohesion and seems to go nowhere.
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Bajo el momento y el lugar justo todo se puede corromper, todo puede perder su aura. También, se puede tratar de salvar
Feels like the most approachable of Lucrecia Martel's three features.
Martel is one of the absolute best directors of the human body, second only to Claire Denis. Her framing and understanding is impeccable.
This feels like this should have been Lucrecia Martel's first picture. She moves forward stylistically and thematically, (off-kilter camera work, single location, and crumbling middle-class values) yet for most of The Holy Girls it feels like a stumble into a story. The assuredness of La Cienaga just isn't here.
Amalia is a Catholic schoolgirl living in the hotel her mother operates. During a doctors' convention, Amalia catches the attention of Dr. Jano, who inappropriately presses himself against her in a crowd. Amalia equates his actions with a mission from God - she has to save this troubled man. Dr. Jano, who is married with a family, is also becoming romantically involved with Amalia's mother. All of these elements are set…
How is Lucrecia Martel so brilliant
Library DVD. Started 11am, finished 4am (after flirting with CHARLOTTE GRAY with Shannon).
claustrophobic busy spaces and she learns that you can be vulnerable and powerful at the same time
Dont breathe, you'll get an allergy
One thing I think JLG taught me about movies is that a singular worthwhile moment doesnt need to be validated by an otherwise Good movie surrounding it. A lone beautiful element doesnt lose its value amidst bad elements simply because they populate the same film. I like to keep this in mind as I go, because even though I enjoy reviewing films and assigning silly star points to them, as some kind of self-gratification that I still dont really understand, movies are to me more than stand-alone commodities that only satisfy me once the whole is pulled together coherently. As I grow up and experience all sorts of things and then project them onto…
A girl whose purpose is to make a perverted doctor pay for his sins.
But not all girls are as determinate as Amalia. Here she is driven by religious fervor and kinkiness, but what these two combined usually do is to send teenagers into a moral trip to guilt and sexual passiveness.
Popular psychology aside, this is a fun coming of age narrative. It's always refreshing to see Lucrecia's portrayal of the bourgeois lifestyle and sexuality. This time we are presented with a perfect example of degenerate sexuality and bourgeois impunity finally intertwining - something the director is seemingly always aiming for. For once moral justice comes upon an irresponsible agent, promoted by the moral patrol itself in what will hopefully cost his marriage and reputation.
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