Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)

Our Lady of the Assassins



Critic Consensus: Director Barbet Schroeder presents a bleak, darkly humorous drama about hopeless love in Medellin, Colombia.

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A middle-aged man wanting to revisit the city of his birth discovers time and corruption have taken a terrible toll in this drama. Fernando (German Jaramillo) is a successful gay writer who was born in Medellín, Colombia, but has lived in Europe for the past 30 years. Feeling jaded and uninspired, Fernando decides to return to Colombia after the death of his sister, who was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Fernando remembers the Medellín of his youth as a beautiful place, but … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Fernando Vallejo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 2002
Paramount Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Our Lady of the Assassins

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (28)

A movie that finds a new way to get at the dichotomy of the violent yet supposedly religious and of the faith-starved yet militantly agnostic.

November 8, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The film's title is appropriate. A desperate Catholicism flavors the doomed city.

Full Review… | October 28, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A film of clarity, feeling and electric intensity.

Full Review… | October 25, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

We never come to care about these characters, perhaps because they seem to care so little about themselves.

Full Review… | October 9, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A harrowing and sobering tale of self-discovery in a civilization on the verge of collapse.

Full Review… | October 4, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Restraint, authentic feeling, economy of means are distinguishing marks in [Schroeder's] work here.

October 4, 2001
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Our Lady of the Assassins


This was a dark and violent movie. The story of a gay writer Fernando, returning to his country after being away for so long. He met a 16 year old gay boy Alexis, who prostitute for living. The movie seemed to drag so long in some scenes and this made it feel slow and boring. The relationship between Fernando and Alexis seemed a little overreacted. Fernando was an aging writer, Alexis was young,hip and modern, so it felt unbelievable that he would have such an intimate and profound relationship. But what they won't do for money? The ending was a question mark, and I wonder if something was left out. The acting was good, very natural in the dialogue. The cinematography was beautiful with the city of Medellin for the backdrop of the movie. Not my type of movie.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

My top favorite movie because it expresses itself eloquently what someone passing their prime and a transplant in foreign country goes through.

This is one of my all time favorite movies. I identify with it many levels. Truely amazing and inspirational in many ways. Opens your eyes to what may be reality in Colombia. The gay scenes are so realistic and the search for something a gay man may not even know. Love that evades many gay men.

Jacob Deme

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