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Maria Full of Grace (2004)

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director:

Joshua Marston

Writer:

Joshua Marston

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 41 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza Virgina Ariza ... Juana
Yenny Paola Vega ... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor (as Rodrigo Sanchez Borhorquez)
Charles Albert Patiño Charles Albert Patiño ... Felipe
Wilson Guerrero Wilson Guerrero ... Juan
Johanna Andrea Mora Johanna Andrea Mora ... Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez Fabricio Suarez ... Pacho
Mateo Suarez Mateo Suarez ... Pacho
Evangelina Morales Evangelina Morales ... Rosita
Juana Guarderas Juana Guarderas ... Female Pharmacist
Jhon Álex Toro Jhon Álex Toro ... Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)
Jaime Osorio Gómez ... Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)
Guilied Lopez ... Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias Victor Macias ... Pellet Maker
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Storyline

María Álvarez, an independent, feisty, and underpaid seventeen-year-old Colombian rose packager is stuck in a tedious life and a dead-end relationship with her good-for-nothing boyfriend, Juan. And as if things weren't bad enough, an unexpected pregnancy and an ugly altercation with her unfair boss will tempt María to accept the risky offer to become a drug mule, smuggling drugs from Bogotá to New York City. But, as things rapidly spiral out of control, suddenly, the option of an early retirement and a peaceful future for both María and her unborn baby begins to fade away. Is there a way out from this hopeless predicament? Written by Nick Riganas

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How far will she go before she's gone too far? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Colombia | Ecuador | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maria Full of Grace See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,066, 18 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,517,198, 7 November 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Catalina Sandino Moreno did not practice swallowing pellets during rehearsals. Since the character of Maria did not know how to swallow them, Moreno and Joshua Marston agreed that it would be more realistic for her to try swallowing them for the first time on-camera. The pellets were made of easily digestible substances but neither Moreno nor Marston will reveal what exactly they were made of. See more »

Goofs

After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice. See more »

Quotes

María Álvarez: What about our money?
Felipe: What about it? You two ran off with the merchandise!
María Álvarez: You have the pellets back!
Felipe: Exactly, we have them back and we don't need you anymore. You're not worth a fuck now.
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.110 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

El Preso
Written by Alvaro Velasquez Balcazar
Performed by Fruko y Sus Tesos
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes
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It's not grace she's full of...
7 August 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

It's COCAINE!

Small film about a big business.

Poverty, desperation and bravery spiral into a mess and culminate in pregnant 17-year-old Maria sitting in a room, trying to swallow 60 plastic capsules full of narcotics to smuggle for money. When she later on needs to swallow two more, it is a scene so painful that it is almost unbearable to watch. Maria: Full of Grace (2004) is a clear-eyed and relevant portrayal of a young girl in Columbia being exploited by the drug industry - in spite of its dark material, it projects a lot of heart and spirit.

They say that reality is often more frightening than fiction - and this is true for this film; it is so realistic and down-to-earth that it becomes harrowing in almost every scene. Catalina Sandino Moreno is fantastic as the dignified, brave Maria whose high-spirited nature propels the otherwise dark film. She is a girl who speaks little, but says so much. She knows what she needs to do, and she does it like she means business.

The above is also true for Joshua Marston's Maria: Full of Grace (2004) - it does not preach about morals; there is no melodrama, politics, sugar-coating romances or effects, but an understated yet brutal depiction of a young girl's journey in learning to cope and be responsible. Extremely well-crafted and important film that does not claim to be important, and that is endlessly refreshing.

8/10


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