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The Rose Seller (1998)

La vendedora de rosas (original title)
13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother ... See full summary »

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Víctor Gaviria
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leidy María 'Lady' Tabares Leidy María 'Lady' Tabares ... Mónica (as Lady Tabares)
Marta Correa Marta Correa ... Judy
Mileider Gil Mileider Gil ... Andrea
Diana Murillo Diana Murillo ... Cachetona
Liliana Giraldo Liliana Giraldo ... Claudia
Yuli García Yuli García
Álex Bedoya Álex Bedoya ... Milton
Elkin Vargas Elkin Vargas ... Anderson
John Fredy Ríos John Fredy Ríos ... Choco
Robinson García Robinson García
Giovanni Quiroz Giovanni Quiroz ... El Zarco
Elkin Rodríguez Elkin Rodríguez ... Don Hector
William Blandón William Blandón
Wilder Arango Wilder Arango
Duván Vásquez Duván Vásquez
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13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Colombia

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1998 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rose Seller See more »

Filming Locations:

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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Dolby

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Color
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Of the cast of 17, nine have died violent deaths including the boy who played Monica's cheating boyfriend. See more »

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Chinga: What shoes for is there is no home?
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"¿Para que zapatos si no hay comida?".
16 September 1998 | by M_KnoxSee all my reviews

The movie does not show the whole country's way of living, but it shows the part some people would like to hide.

It is loaded with a lot of coursing and everything that could be considered as an unhealthy way of living, but in between all that descriptive stuff, it shows us the human side of those people.

One thing I liked a lot was the use of natural actors. The director and producer did the tough job of working with real life characters, so, everyone in the movie is just doing what he/she does in his regular life.

It tells us the story of Monica (a homeless teenage girl) who every day is fighting for her life in the scenario of an unsane capitalist world. It shows how her friends, who are mostly preteen prostitutes, muggers and hitmen are also human beings who deserve to live. Violence taking place everywhere, alcoholism, and drug addiction are just a small part of what living in the streets really means. Meanwhile, Monica takes care of Andrea, a cute little run away from home girl who is saved from many dangers because of Monica's astonishing maternal instinct.

As it is said by Seth in "City of Angels" : "Some things are real whether you believe in them or not".

The quote in the title is said by a child (one of Monica's friends) while he is inhaling some cheap glue with which homeless kids use to get high. It means : "Why should I want any shoes, if anyway I have no food?"


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