Inspired to the story of Maria Goretti (1890-1902), young paesant from the Marches, killed by a young man who had been harassing her and had been rejected by the girl. Proclaimed saint (celebration on July 6). Neorealism with a Catholic emphasis. Some of the main features of the film are the black and white by the great G.R. Aldo, the pictorial consistency of the shots, the atmosphere of the Pontine Marshes, the heavy atmosphere preceding the rape.