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Maria Full of Grace [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Catalina Sandino Moreno , Guilied Lopez , Joshua Marston    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza, Yenny Paola Vega
  • Directors: Joshua Marston
  • Writers: Joshua Marston
  • Producers: Orlando Tobón, Becky Glupczynski, Gigia Jaramillo, Jaime Osorio Gómez, Paul Mezey
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0MI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding portrait of a young woman 7 Jan 2007
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Maria llenas eres de gracia," is one of the outstanding films of the new century, and one of the best I've seen in months. Joshua Marston, who wrote the script and directed, took a commercial idea--that of telling a story about the "mulas" who smuggle drugs into the US by swallowing pellets of cocaine or (in this case) heroin wrapped in latex which they later excrete. Should one of them burst before it is passed out of the body, it is likely the mule will die. It's a risky business in more ways than one, and only somebody desperate or foolish would do it.

So the first thing that Marston must do is establish Maria's character in such a way that we can believe she would do something like this. She is, on the one hand, an ordinary 17-year-old Columbian girl who works stripping the thorns from the stems of roses in a factory. She lives at home with her mother, sister and her sister's baby. She has a boyfriend. She has to work to help support the family. On the other hand she is a headstrong person, a pretty girl with a head on her shoulders.

But Maria is not exactly desperate. She is a bit of a gambler, somewhat foolish, no doubt, but she is also a strong person with great personal integrity. Marston allows us to see in the beginning of the film that she will take chances that others won't. She climbs up onto the roof of a building, a climb her boyfriend is afraid to make. We see her tell her boss (more or less) to take this job and shove it when he won't let her go to the bathroom. And we realize shortly thereafter why she needs to go to the bathroom more often than usual. We watch her tell her boyfriend about her predicament, and she does it in such a way that we can tell that she is searching for how he really feels.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving story, excellent actors, credible story 1 Feb 2009
I've watched this film in its entirety and parts of it about 6 tmes and it never gets old. There are new layers in it every time I watch it. If you are interested in the cocain drug trade, or young people in Andean countries this is worth both time and money. This example is supposed to be from Colombia, but the topic was too touchy to film there so it was allegedly filmed in neighbouring Ecuador. Up and coming Colombian actress Catalino Sandino does a fine job and the scenes from Jackson Heights are authentic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Joshua Marston wrote and directed Maria Full of Grace.
He produced the first draft of the script in 2 days but by the time he had modified it and done the filming, 5 years had elapsed.And it shows.This film is a faultless masterpiece that
depicts the full horror of women who act as "mules," taking drugs in their stomachs from Columbia to the United States.
Catalina Sandino Moreno,who plays Maria,is superb in the lead role,and the story is told from her perspective.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "DO YOU HAVE ANY DRUGS IN YOUR STOMACH?" 3 Feb 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great film about Columbian drug mules with a breakout performance by Catalina Moreno. The film is intense, tragic and thaught provoking all at the same. The director does a terrific job of humanizing the characters and showing their hoplessness and despair. Definitely one of the best independant films I've seen in recent years.

I imported the Blu from the UK which looks and sounds great since it's not available in North American for some strange reason. There's also a very good and insightful commentary from the writer/director

Highly Recommended!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This film proved to be something of an education for me. Having never been involved in drugs, I've not really thought about the poor saps who bring them into the country (be it here in the UK or over the pond, or anywhere). This film uses documentarial first hand experiences to build a film which humanises the faceless world of the drugs mule.

The story of Maria, the young woman (17) exploited in the workplace and overly depended on by her family for her wages is gripping. Pregnant and desperate to escape the existence she has in order to find life, she finds herself and her friend involved in the ugly world of drug trafficking. It's from this point on that we get to see how the underworld can seem friendly enough to begin with, but the danger of the situation becomes clear when an off the cuff remark about `paying her family a visit' (and consequently naming them) is made - the film is a stomach clencher from this point on as you desperately will Maria to not come to any harm.

This is a film which allows us to see the human story behind the illegal substances on the streets. The traffickers aren't evil, they are poor people being exploited and too scared `get out'. The most disturbing scene in the film involves a trafficker called Lucy, and depicts what happens if one of the pellets opens up inside the stomach - although nothing graphic is shown, you are left in no doubt as to what has happened. This film certainly does not glamorise the drugs world.

The film threw me slightly, I knew what the film was about (it's all in the synopsis on the back of the DVD cover) - but the cover picture initially looked to me, to be depicting a scene of holy communion, the title of the film almost enforces this. But after watching this, I see it another way now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars was good but a little slow
A short film, was good but a little slow, although it was interesting!
Published 25 days ago by Avril Rickards
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd seen this film many times before buying the dvd ...
I'd seen this film many times before buying the dvd and it still holds it's own. It's a well documented story, but this is done so subtly that it can't help but keep you enthralled... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FJ
5.0 out of 5 stars staggering
hard-hittingly plausible, as enlightening as a documentary, but buoyed by the luminous yet cool performance of its leading lady. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SC
3.0 out of 5 stars A moving feature on the process of becoming a mule
I have hesitated a bit between 3 and 4 stars on this one. The film is fine, the main part of the script is fine if the last third a bit weak but the character/background story... Read more
Published 5 months ago by superfrog
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
A loovely film with plenty of thought-provoking themes. Well acted and easy to follow. Would recommend it to any Spanish speakers and others.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Pamela Y Burdett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well worth a watch..
Fantastic dvd, plot and characters are brilliant. Using this text and comparing it to 'Room' by Emma Donoghue. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria llena de Gracia eres
Earthy drama set in Colombia. Made topical by last year's arrest and conviction of two British women in Peru. Superb acting by Catalina Sandino Moreno. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Justin O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria
Excellent film, real masterwork South America style. Extremly interesting. Catalina Sandino Moreno is brilliant. Absolutely worth of five stars. Powerful.
Published 10 months ago by Marko
4.0 out of 5 stars maria full of grace
I really enjoyed this film, which I used to help improve my spoken Spanish, i'm going to buy another film soon as I find this a good way to help me in my Spanish degree course. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Saza
4.0 out of 5 stars Grounded and Revealing
This film tells an important story in an unsentimental way. Maybe you thought you knew how the drug smuggling thing works, but did you know how peoples' lives are changed?
Published 16 months ago by Mr Greg Brown
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