My Foreign Film series continues this week with one that I personally own.
Maria Llena Eres de Gracia (Maria Full of Grace)
This film is from Colombia. It tells the story of Maria, a Colombian teenager, who decides to become a drug mule to help her family financially. In exchange for a handsome sum of money and a trip to New York City Maria has to swallow over 60 pellets of heroin. I’ve heard many stories of drug mules in the news and I always wondered what would lead someone to make this choice.
As the subtitle suggests, this film is based on 1000 true stories of people who end up becoming drug mules because of desperate circumstances in their countries. It gives you a glimpse into what many people go through during this process. It feels more like a documentary because the characters are so real. The situations portrayed both in Colombia and America are very real.
Catalina Sandino Moreno, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 2004 for her debut role in the portrayal of Maria. This was the first time an actress had ever been nominated for the Oscar in a role spoken entirely in Spanish. Well deserved!
This is an HBO Studios Film production and sometimes you can find it running on HBO channels. It’s not currently on Netflix but keep an eye out for it or you can borrow it from your local library. I just discovered my library has it…Yay! 😉
Watch the trailer at Amazon.com.
Enjoy the film and have a nice weekend.