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Writer (WGA):
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2 April 2004 (Colombia) See more »
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Catalina Sandino Moreno ... María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza ... Juana

Yenny Paola Vega ... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor
Charles Albert Patiño ... Felipe
Wilson Guerrero ... Juan
Johanna Andrea Mora ... Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez ... Pacho
Mateo Suarez ... Pacho
Evangelina Morales ... Rosita
Juana Guarderas ... Female Pharmacist
John Álex Toro ... Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)

Jaime Osorio Gómez ... Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)

Guilied Lopez ... Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias ... Pellet Maker
Hugo Ferro ... Pharmacist
Ana Maria Acosta ... Stewardess
Ada Vergara De Solano ... Carolina
Maria Consuelo Perez ... Constanza

Ed Trucco ... Customs Inspector

Selenis Leyva ... Customs Inspector

Juan Porras Hincapie ... Wilson

Oscar Bejarano ... Carlos
Singkhan Bandit ... Gas Attendant
Patrick Rameau ... Taxi Driver
Fernando Velasquez ... Pablo Aristizábal

Patricia Rae ... Carla

Orlando Tobón ... Don Fernando

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Receptionist
Lourdes Martin ... Doctor
Bobby Plasencia ... Enrique (as Osvaldo Plasencia)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Thomas Daniel ... Tourist (JFK)
Lauren Bonett ... Airport PA Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Mark Vincent ... Soccer player (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Marston 
Writing credits
Joshua Marston (written by)

Produced by
Becky Glupczynski .... line producer
Rodrigo Guerrero .... associate producer
Gigia Jaramillo .... line producer: Ecuador unit
Paul Mezey .... producer
Jaime Osorio Gómez .... co-producer
Orlando Tobón .... associate producer
Original Music by
Leonardo Heiblum 
Jacobo Lieberman 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Anne McCabe 
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Maria Eugenia Salazar 
Jorge Valencia 
Production Design by
Debbie DeVilla 
Mónica Marulanda  (as Monica Marulanda)
Art Direction by
Yann Blanc 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
Costume Design by
Sarah Beers 
Lauren Press 
Makeup Department
Lucy Da Silva .... assistant hair stylist: Colombia/Ecuador
Lucy Da Silva .... assistant makeup artist: Colombia/Ecuador
Renee Didio .... key makeup artist: New York
Donna Marie Fischetto .... hair stylist
Dallas Hartnett .... key hair stylist: New York
Evelyne Noraz .... additional key makeup artist
Flore Marina Sandoval .... hair stylist: Colombia/Ecuador
Flore Marina Sandoval .... key makeup artist: Colombia/Ecuador
Production Management
Guiselle Jaramillo .... line production manager
Scott Michael Nabat .... post-production supervisor
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey A. Brown .... second second assistant director: New York (as Jeff Brown)
Mariela Comitini .... second assistant director: New York
Diego Falconi .... second assistant director: Colombia/Ecuador
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Tania Hermida .... second second assistant director: Colombia/Ecuador
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... charge/camera scenic artist
Raul Carrera .... assistant art director
Thomas La Vecchia .... on-set dresser
Cliff Lane .... property master
Thomas Lee .... art department coordinator
Richard Liebgold .... set dresser
David Murray .... art production assistant
Sebastian Naranjo .... on-set dresser
Juan Olmo .... property master
Jorge Paredes .... construction supervisor
Dave Reardon .... lead man
Enrique Vasconez .... assistant props
Danielle Webb .... set dresser
Michal Zilbersheid .... art department intern
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Ricardo Escallón .... adr engineer: Bogotá
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Alejandro Garcia .... sound recordist: ambience
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
Toussaint Kotright .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley artist
Jeff Pullman .... stand-by sound mixer
Andres Sanchez .... sound recordist: ambience
Unsun Song .... additional sound
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Stoltz .... additional sound (as Pat Stoltz)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Drew Webster .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Wolfe .... sound mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
David Warzynski .... foley librarian (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John von Bergen .... special effects props
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging
Adam Hawkey .... lead compositor: iOFilm (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Julie Landholt .... title graphics (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
Elliot Santiago .... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... grip
Pablo Berti .... second assistant camera
Matt Blades .... key grip
Hugo Bonilla .... generator operator
Ethan Borsuk .... second assistant camera: New York
Luis Chalacán .... electrician: Ecuador
Hobardo Chicangana .... grip: Ecuador
Cristobal Corral .... still photographer
Rodrigo Cueva .... key grip: Ecuador
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
George Elias .... grip
David Elwell .... rigging gaffer: Ecuador
Stephen Girouard .... best boy grip (as Steve Girouard)
Michael N. Green .... best boy electric
Rodrigo Guerrero .... cinematographer: Colombia
Rodrigo Guerrero .... photographer: second unit
Thomas Hamilton .... electrician
Milly Itzhak .... first assistant camera: New York
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Ana María Ormaza .... second assistant camera
Jimy Pazmiño .... grip: Ecuador (as Jimmy Pazmiño)
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Ricardo Sarmiento .... first assistant camera: Ecuador
Jay Silver .... camera operator
Nicolai Soria .... best boy grip: Ecuador
Joia Speciale .... additional cinematographer
Joia Speciale .... photographer: second unit
Richard Suffern .... grip
Joshua Van Praag .... electrician
Casting Department
Diana Camargo .... casting: Colombia
Mónica Cardona .... casting: Colombia (as Monica Cardona)
Marcela Castaño .... casting associate
Myra Cotto .... casting intern
Sig De Miguel .... additional casting: New York
Mabel Escobar .... casting associate
Juan Pablo Felix .... casting: Colombia
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (as Meredith Jacobson Marciano)
Alexandra Posada .... casting associate
Liliana Rincon .... casting: Colombia
Maria Eugenia Salazar .... casting: Colombia
Mauricio Samaniego .... casting: Ecuador
Luis Sanchez-Cañete .... casting associate
Felipe Solarte .... casting: Colombia
Karen Torres .... casting assistant
Jorge Valencia .... casting: Colombia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeremy Capilla .... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Mildred Del Rio .... wardrobe supervisor
Luana Holloway .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Drew Buckland .... assistant editor
Joe Finley .... digital colorist
Luis Ortiz Guillen .... assistant editor
Adam Hawkey .... film colorist (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Chris Regan .... color timer
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
James Flatto .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Mauricio Garcia .... transportation captain
Other crew
Roberto Aguirre .... location manager: Ecuador
Calvin Alden .... production assistant
Andrés Baiz .... location scout: New York
Nicole Brown .... production coordinator: New York
Georgina Cabrera .... additional crew
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal
Gustavo Chiriboga .... production assistant: Ecuador
Martha Collantes .... accounting supervisor
Jean-Christophe Couet .... office production assistant: New York
Michael Dudek .... location assistant: New York
Michael Dudek .... production assistant
Daniel Elefante .... set production assistant: New York (as Dan Elefante)
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Rosa Jiménez .... production assistant: first team
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager: New York
Christopher Lagdamen .... production assistant
Julie Landholt .... graphic artist: titles (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
Cristina Ramiro Monroy .... set production assistant
Julio Moreno .... production associate: New York
Fernando Muñoz .... production auditor
Adi Nachman .... office production assistant: New York
Alison Norod .... set production assistant: New York
Jennifer Quesenbery .... assistant location manager
Cesar Quinones .... location manager
David Ray .... office production assistant: New York
Davin Reich .... key production assistant: New York
David Velasco .... location scout
Trish Gray .... location consultant (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
Francesca Galesi .... special thanks

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Rated R for drug content and language
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40648)

Did You Know?

Catalina Sandino Moreno prepared for her role by working in a Colombian flower plantation for two weeks cutting roses. She did not meet with real drug mules because she wanted to appear to be as clueless to the process and the consequences as Maria was.See more »
Continuity: After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice.See more »
Javier:Well then... We're going to give you several rolls of film. We'll send you to New York... Actually to New Jersey - a small town next to New York. Once you go through Customs you'll be met by our people. They will take you to a safe place. We'll develop the rolls. And in five, six days you'll be back here with all your money taking care of your problems.See more »
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44 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
great, 8 October 2004
Author: pedrodegreiff from Med, Col

When I first heard about María Llena eres de Gracia and its subject, I had many doubts about the treatment of such a delicate subject and how Colombian this movie was, with a writer/director from the USA; but when I heard the interviews and read de reviews I got really interested in the film and went to see it as soon as I could.

The first thing that must be highlighted about this film is the treatment of the drug dealing problem. In this kind of movies is really easy to fall in the conventions and make a story full of clichés with police chases and all powerful heroes, but not, fortunately the director takes another perspective and gets into the life of the 'Mulas', and shows the whole picture without any prejudgment.

Is admirable how a person that had never been in Colombia, before the movie, understands the problem and shows it in a so delicate and powerful way, and is able to put it in the big screen without extremes so common in films about Latin America made by foreign directors, as an example watch Len Loach's Carla's Song.

The story of the movie is quite simple: a 17 years old girl has many economic problems and takes the 'mule' work as an opportunity to get the money she needs. The narration is lineal and relays absolutely in the work of the two main actresses, and this is the success of the movie, the work of the two girls is superb, they transmit lots of energy in the screen, and although sometimes the decisions of the characters are quite sudden, their interpretation makes them absolutely believable.

The movie changed the cover, for commercial reasons of course, and that is a shame, because the first one was really beautiful, it showed Maria in the airport in the middle of a group as if she were in a procession, but the new one although good is more obvious and drug oriented and lacks the delicacy of the film.

Let's wait for Mr Marston next movie.

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