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Maria Full of Grace (2004)

7 Ratings: 4.6
Special Interests and Television movie directed by Joshua Marston

When a movie can blend passionate social concern with good old-fashioned suspense, it must be doing something right.Maria Full of Gracescores high on both counts. Maria is a Colombian teenager who, for a large paycheck, agrees to be a mule for drug-runners: … see full wiki

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Director: Joshua Marston
Genre: Television, Special Interest
5 reviews about Maria Full of Grace (2004)
review by . July 26, 2008
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Painful and ugly, Maria Llena de Gracia is also a powerful experience of vicarious desperation and deprivation. The story of a village girl in Colombia whose family, novio, and job all fail her at the same moment. She rushes heedlessly into big trouble, which in Colombia can only mean the cocaine trade. Coke merchants and smugglers are not nice people; we know that, and to see this film as an indictment of their viciousness is only a fraction of the movie's content. It's also, and more importantly …
review by . March 31, 2008
I've hesitated to rent Maria Full of Grace. Do I really want to immerse myself into the heartbreaking world of drug mules? Finally, I grabbed it and sat down to watch. On several levels Maria may be the most disturbing film I've ever seen. A young girl faced with a future that leaves her feeling hopeless. Her boyfriend, selfish, young, more interested in drinking and his friends than her, offers her freedom from her life of working to help out the family. But would life with him be any more like …
review by . March 05, 2006
When I first heard about MarĂ­a Llena eras de Gracia and its subject, I had many doubts about the treatment of such a delicate subject and how Colombian this movie was, with a writer/director from the USA; but when I heard the interviews and read the reviews I got really interested in the film and had the opportunity to see this film this afternoon.    Maria Full of Grace is one of the better films of 2004: well acted, well written, and very unique in its' story. From the beginning …
review by . January 10, 2006
"Maria Full of Grace," a debut film for both its director and lead actress is a phenomenal movie, and the religious nuance of the title is totally apt. The poster art is not.    Set in Columbia, and Queens, NY, it's the story of a young woman who knows there must be a better life, but whose options are limited. She becomes a drug mule, ingests half a kilo of heroin in thumb-sized latex wrapped pellets , and flies to NY to make the delivery. To tell more would be to spoil the …
review by . December 08, 2004
MARIA FULL OF GRACE is an unpretentious, low budget, superb little film that has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences everywhere. Writer/Director Joshua Marston has opted for extracting a slice of life in Colombia, found characters who symbolize the passions of young people who seek a better life, and shows us how indomitable the human spirit can be.    Maria (portrayed by a gifted and beautiful young Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives among the poor in Colombia, earning …
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