Joshua Rich
April 05, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Our Lady of the Assassins

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/07/01
performer
Anderson Ballesteros, German Jaramillo
director
Barbet Schroeder
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Fernando Vallejo
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

If artistic promise has a life span, then director Barbet Schroeder’s career — now a decade removed from Reversal of Fortune — kicked the bucket a while ago. Which makes Assassins something of a comeback. Daringly shooting his film on the bloodied streets of Medellin, Colombia (and on hi-def video), Schroeder centers on a writer’s quest for spirituality while trolling the ravaged city with his casually murderous teenage lovers. The drama is often forced and stagy, but it’s still an intimate portrait of a vividly uncivilized world.

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