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Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
"La virgen de los sicarios" (original title)

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The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Germán Jaramillo ...
Fernando
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Alexis
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Wilmar
Manuel Busquets ...
Alfonso
Wilmar Agudelo ...
Child Sniffing Glue
Juan Carlos Álvarez ...
4x4 Thief
Jairo Alzate ...
Taxi Driver Santa Domingo
Zulma Arango ...
Waitress
José Luis Bedoya ...
Taxi Sabaneta 1
Cenobia Cano ...
Alexis's Mother
Eduardo Carvajal ...
Taxi Driver Clinic
Olga Lucía Collazos ...
Pregnant Woman
Jorge A. Correa ...
Dead Man
Phanor Delgado ...
Taxi Driver with Machete
Albeiro Lopera ...
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The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin Alexis, who murders all too easily. When Alexis himself is fatally gunned down, grief-stricken Fernando hunts for his young lover's killer in the Medellin slums, but instead encounters Wilmar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alexis. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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20 September 2000 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$56,069 (USA) (7 September 2001)

Gross:

$525,029 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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Alexis: Tell me something. Do you also like women?
Fernando: Depends...
Alexis: Depends on what?
Fernando: If they have little brothers. When they have cute little brothers I do. Otherwise, no.
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Daring, this movie's got cajones!
1 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'll put in my 2 cents on this flick for what its worth, not that it matters much but it is interesting to see the wide extremes of opinions here. I'm quite oblivious to the situation in Colombia today. I've heard about the casual violence and the kidnappings through news media. As an outsider, I found the film to be some sort of a modern masterpiece. The use of digital video was odd but I felt somewhat closer to the locale. The screenplay was incisive, witty and at the same time displayed the depths of the human condition. Some have noted that the acting of the young boys to be bad and unrealistic. True, they are not thespians by trade but I thought they displayed their reactions and emotions toward the writer very well. If I was in their shoes I would have been taken in by this writer as well. Why not? He is providing me with what I need and at the same time showing me the compassion and wisdom that is lacking around me. I believe wholeheartedly that this is Mr. Schroeder's most personal work. Why else would one risk his life filming it in Colombia? I've seen some of his other works and none come close to this. The irony of this film is that the cinematography shows Colombia to be beautiful beyond words. It makes me want to visit. Maybe I'll be like the writer in the film and go there to die after I have done everything I wanted to in my life. This is an excellent companion piece to 'Maria Full of Grace.' Both films are two of the best to come out of this decade.


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