the usagi incidents

20051210

Maria, Full of Grace



Summary: Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino), a bright, spirited 17-year old, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation, Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials.

Review: My god, what an amazing film. No words. It was so incredibly sad, because this is what happens daily in the drug trade. Catalina Sandino's first performance - and it was like she wasn't acting at all, as if she really were Maria. I cried at the end. I can't really put my thoughts coherently together to describe this film - please go and see it yourself.

Final Rating: A+

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