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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 »

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

Fernando Vallejo (novel), Fernando Vallejo (screenplay)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Germán Jaramillo Germán Jaramillo ... Fernando
Anderson Ballesteros ... Alexis
Juan David Restrepo ... Wilmar
Manuel Busquets Manuel Busquets ... Alfonso
Wilmar Agudelo Wilmar Agudelo ... Child Sniffing Glue
Juan Carlos Álvarez Juan Carlos Álvarez ... 4x4 Thief
Jairo Alzate Jairo Alzate ... Taxi Driver Santa Domingo
Zulma Arango Zulma Arango ... Waitress
José Luis Bedoya José Luis Bedoya ... Taxi Sabaneta 1
Cenobia Cano Cenobia Cano ... Alexis's Mother
Eduardo Carvajal Eduardo Carvajal ... Taxi Driver Clinic
Olga Lucía Collazos Olga Lucía Collazos ... Pregnant Woman
Jorge A. Correa Jorge A. Correa ... Dead Man
Phanor Delgado Phanor Delgado ... Taxi Driver with Machete
Albeiro Lopera Albeiro Lopera ... Punk
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Spain | France | Colombia

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogorodica plaćenika See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,069, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:

$525,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,525
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The Italian dubbed DVD edition by BIM softened the anti-clerical dialogs to the point of non recognition of the original meaning. See more »

Soundtracks

El Santo Cachon
Written by Romualdo Brito
Performed by Los Embajadores Vallenatos with Robinson Damian (vocal)
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Violent and harsh narration inspired on actual events
1 June 2006 | by ma-cortesSee 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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