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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)
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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, 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: You can't live without sex. People go crazy without sex. Look how nutty the Pope's become. Spouting crap everywhere and kissing floors. Saying that homosexuality and all that is a sin. That's a sin? Having kids is a sin! There's no space left, the Planet will explode!
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The Italian dubbed DVD edition by BIM softened the anti-clerical dialogs to the point of non recognition of the original meaning. See more »

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Fiesta de Negritos
Written by Lucho Bermúdez
Performed by Lucho Bermúdez
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Black magic realism
10 September 2001 | by mne2596See all my reviews

Occasionally venturing into dreamlike surrealism, the movie mostly hits you with a heavy dose of cinema verite. The movie is about the city of Medellin in the same way that Midnight Cowboy is about New York. The characters aren't dealing with the problem of staying human in a huge metropolis, but staying human in the midst of instability that verges on anarchy.

The effects of fifty years of civil war aggravated by narcotrafficking and the associated crime are shown in two ways, which are the central themes of the film: the shift from the old and traditional to the modern, and the loss of value that human life has suffered. The banality of the several killings in the movie drives home the second, and the explorations that Fernando and his two boyfriends (sequential, not simultaneous) take through the city show the first.

The movie is violent like the Godfather is violent: the killings are not gratuitous, they are there to make a point. As a document of life in an industrial Andean city which just happens to be the second city of the country poised to become the next Vietnam, or better said, the next El Salvador, La virgen de los sicarios is excellent. It is sophisticated in its writing and its photography. The characters are human and complex. It ought to be in far wider release than just one screen in the whole L.A. area - which happens to be on the West Side, where Spanish-speaking people typically don't live.


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