Roses are red, violets are blue, this twisted ass (coming of age?) film, was awfully discomforting to view.
Has some super interesting gimmicks going for it — showcasing characters whose ethical duties simultaneously clash with and even sometimes provoke unlawful desires amidst their pursuits or vise versa — but then draws them out extensively in realism, which only makes me wish that this had been a lot shorter than it is. Cinematic minimalism is one thing, sometimes (and in this case) replicating that distinct weight which natural storytelling can often allude, but not a whole lot of the existential, hard-hitting, and fragmented structuring of dreary authenticities which made her debut feature-length La Ciénaga (2001) work are there to enhance The Holy Girl, and the film just seems inadvisedly straightforward in comparison.
“The Holy Girl” is currently not available to stream.