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Maria Full of Grace

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Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace

Maria Full of Grace

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
101 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/16/04
performer:
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae, Orlando Tobon, Yenny Paola Vega
director:
Joshua Marston
distributor:
Fine Line Features
author:
6637
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

Writer-director Joshua Marston’s drama Maria Full of Grace — about a young Colombian woman (a luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno) who attempts to break out of her impoverished life by becoming a drug mule — is riveting and heartbreaking. The same can be said of Marston’s commentary, which occasionally haunts with true-life stories of heartbreak gathered as part of his extensive research. His commentary (a must for aspiring film students) is also a compellingly in-depth account of how a wobbly-sounding drug-war polemic evolved into something more intimate and subtle. The first-time feature director was — as he repeatedly points out — immensely aided by a gifted, improvisatory cameraman and cast. But he was also artist enough to mold his footage into a taut spiral of heightened emotions that feels bracingly real.

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