Maria Full of Grace Reviews
it truly explores the horrors of dealing with drugs and bringing them into the US
Catalina Sandino Moreno is a young teenager coming into her own; she lives with her family, works at a dead-end job, is in a rocky relationship with her boyfriend, and desperately wants to leave and make some more money
when she's asked to carrying pill pellets illegally into America she is unaware of the risks and dangers involved
sure there's some money to be made but Maria is thrown into a dark underbelly and some other women are dragged along
the film does involve the drug element and how out of hand it can get even getting detained by airport security but the real strength of the film is in Maria's resistance to partaking in the devastation of the work she has gotten herself into
even her best friend tries to talk some sense into her many times
Maria also has to contend with her pregnancy on the rise and not understanding that she's putting herself at risk
you can tell by her facial expressions that she wants to be a certain way and then another, she has that kind of ability to project a raw emotion for each scene
I felt so bad for her that things got out of control so fast and she couldn't do anything about it
I almost welled up during one scene, too
the film is such a big struggle but it does its job at claiming we should stay away from drugs and try not to make a quick buck because of them no matter how tempting it is
Maria is trying her hardest to still be somewhat 'graceful' as a person doing the right thing and thinking of other people despite the desperate scenario
this is a very good film saying let's not do this and do something else
**** out of 4 stars
Totally worth watching, in fact I will have to watch it again one of these days soon.
A layered story of the poverty driven Colombian cocaine trade spins out of control, then gracefully evolves into a powerful fable of the driving generational force of motherhood.
Writer / Director Joshua Marston has quietly cobbled together a small miracle.
I liked the idea behind the movie, but I'm not so sure if the main character is supposed to be so cold and slightly demure. Anyhow, what do I know, I never smuggled anything
Lucy Díaz: Two.
María Álvarez: How did it go?
Lucy Díaz: Here I am.
Una película de el tráfico de drogas que nunca se muestra. No hay grandes explosiones o persecuciones, simplemente se trata de el realismo en estas situaciones, y es desgarrador y igualmente de dramático el tema sin necesidad de recurrir a estos elementos. La actuación de Catalina Sandino Moreno es impresionante.
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