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The Full Maria

A couple days ago I watched the US/Columbian flick Maria Full of Grace. I’m not really sure of its true country of origin. A US writer and director put the movie together, but everything from there is decidedly Columbian. When you think that a US artist oversaw this, you have to be at least a little impressed. Well given my point-of-view anyway.

I certainly expected something more gritty from a drug mule story (with that context, you can see how great the movie’s US title is) of sorta Latin American origin. After recently watching City of God and Amores Perros, that expectation was reasonable if not more than a little stereotypical on my part. What I found in this movie is a more human story of one girl making several difficult choices with the future of her unborn child in my mind.

The movie didn’t have as profound of an affect on me given its less grainy presentation. Maybe I should give the film credit for this decision. The movie also flew by, which is honestly a rare occurence from my foreign movie watching experience. It clocked in around 105 minutes, but felt more like 75.

I’d personally rate at around 4 out of 5 stars. Don’t run out and see it, but consider it as a rental at some point.