Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)
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 now the city is the capital of the international drug trade, and crime and urban sprawl have made it a harsh and dangerous place to live. At a party, Fernando meets Alexis (Anderson Ballesteros), a member of a teenage street gang. The two soon strike up a friendship, as Fernando tries to show Alexis what's left of the city he once knew, and Alexis teaches Fernando the grim realities of life and death on the streets. Fernando and Alexis become lovers, but despite their affection for each other, Fernando does not fully understand the dangerous and volatile nature of life in the new Medellín, which leads him into grave danger. La Virgen de los Sicarios was written for the screen by Fernando Vallejo, based on his novel. Director Barbet Schroeder shot the film on location in Medellín, using a digital video camera in order to speed up production in the notoriously dangerous city. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Our Lady of the Assassins
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.
The film's title is appropriate. A desperate Catholicism flavors the doomed city.
We never come to care about these characters, perhaps because they seem to care so little about themselves.
A harrowing and sobering tale of self-discovery in a civilization on the verge of collapse.
Restraint, authentic feeling, economy of means are distinguishing marks in [Schroeder's] work here.
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.
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.
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