Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Early on in Joshua Martson feature debut Maria Full of Grace, there is a wonderfully written and acted 'girl-tells-boy-she's-pregnant'-scene in which the film delves into its characters and stays on them to get under their skin. It is one of the best of such scenes I've seen in a long time (and young Wilson Guerrero is magnificent), but as the film proceeds it unfortunately loses more and more touch with its characters psychology and motivation. Still, this is a gripping film. It has a level-headed approach to the issue it depicts, and Martson directs with a delightful tempo, allowing himself to be thorough without being tedious. The film delivers the message that no-one is any worse than the other - and I guess in many respects it has a point. But Maria is still a fairly trivial mystery even after her ordeal and suffering. I keep wonderting what exactly does she want. She seems like a girl that doesn't want anybody to care for her. Well, maybe I won't.