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)
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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Quotes

Fernando: Glory is a statue that gets shit on by birds.
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Fiesta de Negritos
Written by Lucho Bermúdez
Performed by Lucho Bermúdez
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from a respite from dull films, see this
5 August 2002 | by jetwimpSee all my reviews

A middle-aged Colombian writer, disgusted with life and contemptuous of religion, becomes involved sexually and romantically with teen-aged Medellin boys who kill effortlessly and with little provocation. At first appalled, he eventually grows addicted to the deaths the boys bring about, their magical ability to resolve the annoyances of everyday life, such as noisy neighbors and aggressive cab subway riders. The plot has some really astonishing surprises, and the taut nearly flawless script (in Spanish) is a treasure. The film , obviously the product of a philosophically inclined mind (Schroeder studied philosophy at the Sorbonne), is a thinking filmgoer's feast and works on many different levels. The main character's ambivalence about religion (the film's title, and the fact that the writer keeps finding himself in cathedrals) furnishes much matter for reflection. This film is not for everyone--- it is, even for these times, shocking. Those more comfortable with the blowsy and predictable product issuing from Hollywood committees should probably avoid it. But those who treasure the ability of film to explore provocative and original ideas will love it.


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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

Gross USA:

$525,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,525
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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