Maria Full of Grace

Release Date: July 16, 2004
Limited release

Maria Full of Grace

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3/133 Dan Krovich Simple and stunning
44/126 Kim Hollis An amazing performance by the lead actress, but a very difficult film to watch.

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Joshua Marston makes his directorial and writing debut with this powerful film about the strong desire to make your life better and help your family. The actors are very convincing in their roles and bring realism to this movie.

The story is about a 17-year-old girl named Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno), who lives in a tiny village in Colombia. She has a job taking thorns off of locally grown roses. She really has to keep this job because her family, including a grandmother, mother, sister, and nephew, depend on her income to survive. She finally has enough when her boss won’t let her go to the bathroom when she feels sick. Maria ends up vomiting on the roses and has to clean them up before continuing her work.

She quits but realizes she has to bring in money to keep her family alive and well. Enter Lucy (Guilied Lopez). She’s been around the block a few times and has a suggestion to get some quick cash. Her employer, Franklin (John Alex Toro), needs more “mules” to transport heroin to New York. Maria takes the job and heads off on her dangerous journey.
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This film had its start as one of 11 scripts chosen for the 2002 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The finished product screen at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and has already picked up some awards, including one for actress Catalina Sandino Moreno in the title role. This one should only get a limited release so keep your eyes open. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for Maria Full of Grace
Main Cast Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez
Supporting Cast Patricia Rae, Orlando Tobon, John Alex Toro
Director Joshua Marston
Screenwriter Joshua Marston
Distributor Fine Line Features
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 101 minutes
Screen Count 7
  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award – Dramatic
  • 2004 Berlin International Film Festival – Alfred Bauer Award, Silver Berlin Award – Best Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)

Awards page for Maria Full of Grace
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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