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Maria Full of Grace(María, llena eres de gracia)

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Colombia, Ecuador, United States · 2004
Rated R · 1h 41m
Director Joshua Marston
Starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Yenny Paola Vega, John Álex Toro
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stuck in a low-paying job with an unexpected pregnancy, seventeen-year-old Maria decides to work as a drug mule to make some much-needed money. All she has to do is carry the drugs from Bogotá to New York City. When things start to spiral, will she find a way out?

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Ultimately, the ending is a bit of a cop-out, but that's a small criticism for a film with such decent perspectives.


Variety by David Rooney

Writer-director Joshua Marston's strikingly confident debut maintains an unblinking focus and sustains an almost unbearable level of tension.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The movie is thrillingly subjective, teeming with the fullness of everyday proletarian life that one finds in the work of the directors who most influenced Marston in the making of this movie: Hector Babenco and the Brazilian realists, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors.

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