|Plot: (from The Telegraph)|
Ominous uncertainty hangs over La Niña santa, Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel's fascinating second film. It's about a teenage giirl Amalia (María Alche) whose family run a hotel. It's also about divine salvation and earthly damnation. Mainly the latter.
Martel's film is hushed and implicating. Amalia and her friend Josefina (Julieta Zylberberg) lurk at the back of singing class, whispering about their teacher's love life. "God calls us to save and to be saved," they're instructed, which plants an idea in Amalia's head that won't go away.
She becomes obsessed with Dr Jano (Carlos Belloso), who's in town for a medical conference. In a small crowd on the street, he presses up against her, and she decides that here's a man who needs to be rescued from sin. But her way of going about it - stalking him through the hotel corridors, watching him swim, sneaking into his room - only turns his guilt into outright panic.