Maria Full Of Grace

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


To watch this skillfully made drama about the drug trade in Colombia, you would assume it was made by an experienced filmmaker who has lived in that country his whole life, but it’s actually the first feature by a young American from California.  is fantastic as a girl who works at a flower factory in Colombia but quits when she gets tired of the degrading way in which she and her fellow employees are treated. In need of a job, she agrees to be a drug mule, to transport vast quantities of heroin from Bogota to New York City, swallowing pellets of the stuff and keeping it in her stomach until delivery. The journey she goes on to make a living is harrowing, compelling and incredibly frightening, with director Joshua Marston doing a terrific job of never showing too much and always keeping the action focused on the characters.


HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures, Proyecto Tucan, Alter-Ciné, Santa Fe Productions

Colombia/USA/Ecuador2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Joshua Marston

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2004

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