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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 »

Director:

Víctor Gaviria
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14 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Marcela
Álex Bedoya Álex Bedoya ... Milton
Elkin Vargas Elkin Vargas ... Anderson
John Fredy Ríos John Fredy Ríos ... Choco
Robinson García Robinson García ... Pepón
Giovanni Quiroz Giovanni Quiroz ... El Zarco
Elkin Rodríguez Elkin Rodríguez ... Don Hector
William Blandón William Blandón ... El Enano
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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Drama

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Lady Tabares and her husband were both sentenced to jail on October 2003, for killing a sicario. See more »

Quotes

Chinga: What shoes for is there is no home?
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This film follows the lives of several street children living in Colombia with an emphasis on two girls Monica and Judy.
11 June 2005 | by moviemomomSee all my reviews

This is not a movie to entertain, it is meant to open the viewer's eyes to the "invisible" world of homeless children in Latin America. This is more a documentary than a film but the plot, based loosely on Han Christian Anderson's "The Match Stick Girl," is strong and compelling. Painful to watch at times, it is meant to be disturbing. Which is why I can say it I liked it and I recommend it, even though it haunted me and robbed me of sleep and I don't believe I will ever see it again.

These young people survive in the streets with no supervision and no one to provide for them, yet they are still going through the same tumultuous problems of the average teen; boyfriend-girlfriend troubles, gossip, friendship betrayal, and so on...and they cope with all their problems by sniffing glue. With the effects of the glue showing itself in these children one scene after the other it can seem to be too much as the plot begins to come together.

It is my understanding that the majority of the children were not actors but real street kids, and although the plot was scripted by the filmmaker the children were just being themselves, showing us a voyeuristic peek into their lives. And on a more disturbing note; none of these children have survived the street.

This incredible film is a must see for anyone interested in film as more than entertainment.


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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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