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La virgen de los sicarios (2000)

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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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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$525,330
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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Fiesta de Negritos
Written by Lucho Bermúdez
Performed by Lucho Bermúdez
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should be forced on all news spokesmen with Colombian corpses in the background
16 February 2002 | by mariaberrios_clSee all my reviews

Prepared as we are for the image of Columbia that CNN shoves down our throats- full of Narcos, Paracos and desperate politicians-, there is no way to predict the surreal way of life the characters in this movie pass through. This is a film that penetrates into a very real Medellin, where nothing is certain and everything is so vulnerable that human life seems to exist only the instant in which it takes place. Medellin is like Fernando- the main character-, it is like his way of walking through a church in the feverishly catholic ambient of Latin America with his sixteen year old murderer lover- who is actually more like an angel fallen from grace. Alexis- the young shooter- is the result of a less than miserable way of life, where poverty and violence rape viciously at each other, almost to a point of neutralization, what seems perverse is in the end the most innocent. This film is strong and profound, it should be forced on all news spokesmen with Colombian corpses in the background: `Lady this is Medellin, not Switzerland'.


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