Our Lady of the Assassins Reviews
Contrary to others who deemed this film as lacking, I appreciated the non-movie quality, almost documentary POV. This is a raw look at life in a world where children have learned to survive by adapting to the drug influenced violent environment of MedellŪn, Columbia.
The guilt free ease in which they take each others lives is a reflection and commentary of the senseless murdering enacted by leaders of our world today.
Alexis (Anderson Ballesteros) and Fernando played by German Jaramillo...
The shallow underdeveloped characters and dialogue are authentic and pleasing, further hammering home this disturbing portrait of humanity through the eyes of a man who has come home to "die". What can one expect from a 40 something and a 16 year old gang boy. Their interactions and loving are nuance rich but ( as I like) ask me the viewer to fill in the depth of what if anything these two who are worlds and ages apart could feel for one another.
I project/judge they were clinging on to one another for some sense of being loved in a world that had showed them little. They don't know how to be lovers, but they do love each other and that is perfect.
For me comparing destroys loving, I loved "Chronically Unsustainable" and could have compared it as they are of similar genre. I choose to take one film at a time and invite you to enjoy "Our Lady of The Assassins" for what it is and not what you expect or demand it to be.
Alex is a sixteen year old boy who lives in a boys brothel in the city of Medellin. He is used to living and killing in the streets. He becomes involved with a writer who has recently returned to the city.
Not easy subject matter, but extremely well made film with great performances.