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Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 2004 (USA)
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

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

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... María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza ... Juana
... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor (as Rodrigo Sanchez Borhorquez)
Charles Albert Patiño ... Felipe
Wilson Guerrero ... Juan
Johanna Andrea Mora ... Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez ... Pacho
Mateo Suarez ... Pacho
Evangelina Morales ... Rosita
Juana Guarderas ... Female Pharmacist
Jhon Álex Toro ... Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)
... Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)
... Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias ... Pellet Maker
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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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Based on 1,000 true stories. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

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$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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Features Catalina Sandino Moreno's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Juan: [Maria's pregnant] Well, I'll marry you.
María Álvarez: And how long before you start seeing someone else?
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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Mi Primer Millon
Written by Jorge Villamizar / Sergio George
Performed by Bacilos
Courtesy of Warner Music Latina
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Powerful and Real
24 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno) supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with approx. seventy pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.

"Maria Full of Grace" is a very powerful and real movie about the lack of perspective in the life of teenagers in poor countries. The dramatic story takes place in Colombia and is based on real events, the use of poor people to transport drugs to United States of America. Once there, the poor adolescent sees a chance to join to the American Dream and give a better life to her unborn child and make money to send to her family. In my country, mules are not the problem, but the use of children, protected by law, by the dealers in the traffic of drugs. The story is very well written, and the movie has a stunning direction. Catalina Sandino Moreno has awesome performance and this film really deserves the nomination for Oscar and another twenty-seven (27) wins and twenty-one (21) nominations in Festivals. The title plays with the Catholic prayer "Ave Maria". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil: "Maria Cheia de Graça" ("Maria Full of Grace")


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