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Our Lady of the Assassins

Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 14

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


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6

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

Mar 26, 2002

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

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film of clarity, feeling and electric intensity.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Medellin displays [its] bi-polar nature through Schroeder's perceptive camera

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Like a random gang shooting - it leaves a big impression but makes no sense.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

The message is fine, the film itself is not so fine.

November 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a subtle and rigorous examination of the dynamics of power, both personal and political Thomas Mann's Death in Venice transposed into the key of viciousness

July 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a powerful examination of the decline of civilization as refracted in one tiny corner of the world.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

We get the point after the first half hour or so: hope is gone, life is awful, okay, okay, got it.

November 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Extraordinarily compelling and gripping.

October 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A cautionary tale set in Medellin, Colombia, where even peace loving individuals become anesthetized by random carnage.

October 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An engrossing look at how hope and love can still survive in the bleakest of conditions.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The Spanish-language thriller Our Lady of the Assassins has a lot to say. Whether most audiences can sit through the movie long enough to bear witness to those messages is entirely a different matter.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Simultaneously alienating and weirdly compelling, Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady of the Assassins isn't a comfortable ride

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

At its worst, the film slathers on the symbolism and unabashed pontification with such relentlessness that its sullen drumbeat obscures its message.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Treats us to half-baked philosophizing along the lines of 'Life is short and ends when you least expect it' or 'People who aren't on TV don't exist.'

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Easily one of Schroeder's best films, cannily employing understatement to convey unforgettably the despair of modern amoral society...a remarkable and engrossing film.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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.
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