35. THE HOLY GIRL
dir. Lucrecia Martel
world premiere 2004
U.S. release 2005
Because the final shot confirms Martel's mastery of titillating endings, but further viewings may be needed to
appreciate how dextrously she plots the centripetal forces that converge around that pool. She assiduously avoids anything
like an arrogant or moralizing tone, and despite its highbrow polish, the film suggests that she's having a grand time telling this story.