Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 174: Sun Jun 25

The Holy Girl (Martel, 2004): Barbican Cinema, 6pm


This 35mm screening, which will be introduced by academic and theorist Sophie Mayer of Club des Femmes, is part of the Barbican's Being Ruby Rich season, dedicated to the critic and thinker B Ruby Rich. You can find full details of the season here.

Chicago Reader review:
Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel follows up her distinctive debut feature, La cienaga (2001), with another tale (2004) whose feeling of lassitude conceals a subtle but deadly family dysfunction. It's set in a specifically Catholic milieu, hovering around a medical convention at a small-town hotel, and once again a swimming pool serves as a kind of center for floating libidos. As Martel points out, the movie is about the “difficulties” and “dangers” of “differentiating good from evil,” and it requires as well as rewards a fair amount of alertness from the viewer. A theremin plays a prominent role in the story.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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