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Courage (1999)

Coraje (original title)

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Complete credited cast:
Olenka Cepeda ...
María Elena
Rosana Pastor ...
Jimena
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Humberto
Jorge Chiarella ...
Pascual
Martín Abriqueta ...
Gustavo
Maria Teresa Zuñiga ...
Paulina
Ana Ponce ...
Gorda
Aristóteles Picho ...
García
Juan Manuel Ochoa ...
Paulina's Husband
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Erick Aquino ...
Reportero Radio 2
Carmen Areal ...
Moderadora
Ruth Argente ...
Recepcionista Hotel 2
Lucila Astudillo ...
Madre de María Elena
Sandro Bellido ...
Terrorista 4
Jorge Brea ...
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Tierra de nadie
By Pochi Marambio
Performed by Tierra Sur
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Politics, drama, love, hate, emotion...I was definitely moved.
12 May 2002 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film stood out as a gem of the Spanish speaking film industry.

Few political dramas contain as much passion and drama as this one.

For a "true story", the story was well told and to feel so well entertained by such a movie is rare. Coraje does this and more. We are taken inside the life of María Elena Moyano a community activist and one that you'd want to advocate for your home town.

But Villa a small shanty village just outside Lima, Perù is where we find her building her community, encouraging the local women and keeping the terrorists at bay. All without brandishing a gun, or a whole lot of money.

Of course as all Spanish language movies seem to have, (the ones I've seen anyway) Coraje contains the obligatory sex scene, but it is not out of place here. Unlike the American film industry which shows sex as a teaser, an entertainer, and a tempter of men with rampaging hormones, sex in Spanish movies is just a reflection of our everyday adult lives, which in my opinion is a better way to portray it in film.

The lead Olenka Cepeda is both very competent and a pretty good look-alike of María Elena.

It is such films that always lead me to watch every Spanish language movie that comes on television in Australia and to tape them if they're on at 1am (as this one was).


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