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Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Director:
Joshua Martson
COUNTRY
USA/Colombia
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Maria Full of Grace
RUNNING TIME
106 minutes
Producer:
Paul S. Mesey
Screenwriter:
Joshua Martson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
María Alvarez Catalina Sandino Moreno
Blanca Yenny Paula Vega
Juan Wilson Guerrero
Franklin John Alex Toro ½
Lucy Guilied Lopez ½
Javier Jaime Osorio Gómez

 

Review

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.

Copyright © 14.2.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]