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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  20 September 2000 (France)
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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 ...
Manuel Busquets ...
Wilmar Agudelo ...
Child Sniffing Glue
Juan Carlos Álvarez ...
4x4 Thief
Jairo Alzate ...
Taxi Driver Santa Domingo
Zulma Arango ...
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 ...


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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

20 September 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bérgyilkosok madonnája  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$525,029 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fernando: "Thou shalt not kill." Why? Taking someone's life is doing them a favor. A huge favor. Let them live. It's what they deserve.
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El Comejen
Written by Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz
Performed by Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz
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Violent and harsh narration inspired on actual events
1 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film is set in Medellin (Colombia) where an old gay man called Fernando (Jaramillo) who after many years ago he has gone back . In a homosexual brothel meets and befriends Alexis (Anderson) a teen at 16 years old and starts a romance with him . He's a gunboy who kills too easily , he unscrupulously murders everybody create him problems . Fernando is struggling to flee him the ominous underworld plentiful of dangers , odds and murders .

The picture deals about adolescents and children from Medellin . This city was under incredible violence and ruled the strongest law . Pablo Escobar has been detained and his drugs empire has been dismantled and the factions are spread engaging war each other and making an orgy of vengeance and killings . The movie is a thought-provoking and intelligent studio of juvenile paupers and an unflinching observation at the underbelly of Medellin city where teens and children are dragged into a life of crime become assassins . The flick contains emotions , records , strong violence and a little bit of critical social . The tale belongs a group of films which describe the unfortunate life of south-American youth as ¨Pixote¨ (Hector Babenco) and ¨City of God¨ (Fernando Melleires). Principal actors interpretation are outstanding , in spite of being novels players . Jaramillo is magnificent though relies heavily on the continuous philosophical speeches about his sense of life . The picture is an adaptation based on a semi-autobiography novel by Fernando Vallejo . Barbet Schroeder direction is awesome and stylish , he's a notorious Hollywood director (Murder by numbers , Reversal of fortune) realizing rightly this video- film .

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