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Maria Full of Grace

By | 2018-03-21T18:22:20+01:00 February 20th, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 2004

Director: Joshua Marston

Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae, Orlando Tobon

Teenaged Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives in a village outside Bogotá where she cleans and trims long-stemmed roses for overseas shipment and supports a male-less family that includes her mother, aunt, and older sister and her child. Disenchanted and pregnant, she quits and bolts from home.

At a local festival she meets Franklin (Jhon Alex Toro) who tells her she can make quick cash as a “mule,” a drug-running courier who ferries grape-sized cocaine pellets into New York City. Lucy (Guilied Lopez) teaches her the ropes. In Bogotà she’s escorted to a lab where she swallows 62 pellets. It seems simple enough.

Loaded up, Maria joins Lucy on the flight north. But the trip turns into a nightmare when Lucy begins feeling sick. Californian Joshua Marston’s debut feature is a thrilling work, thanks in large measure to Colombia actress Catalina Sandino Moreno’s Maria. Single-mindedly intent on improving her life, she does the unthinkable. The story is her fallout.

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