Film Review: Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Posted by prla1983 on October 09, 2005 • 0 commentsEmail This Post

[ This review was originally published here ]

"Maria Full Of Grace" is probably one of the hardest films to watch that I've ever laid my eyes on. Not because it is graphical like "Irrevérsible" or confusing like "Mulholland Dr." but rather because it is so crude, truthful and believable.

It is not a movie about drugs, but a movie about a girl coming of age the hard way, seeing and doing things no one on this earth should have to endure. It is interesting (and difficult, in a way) to see how everything Maria says to anyone is the wrong thing to say, every option she takes is the wrong one to take. What's cruel is that we know that she never had another option. Life dictated all the trouble and Maria has no other choice but to fight back in her own way.

An important thing about this movie is that every actor is from Colombia, so whatever the film lacks in terms of the acting of some of its characters (and it does), it gets it back in realism. The notable exception is Catalina Sandino Moreno, who displays in some shots a remarkable facial resemblance to Salma Hayek. Her acting is so perfect and adjusted that you get the clear impression that she was born to play Maria. In her performance lies much of the secret for this film to work so well. I for one am eager to see more coming from her in the future.

Life can play hideous tricks on everyone and I agree with the previous comment that says we are fortunate to be immune to much of what happens to Maria. "Maria Full of Grace" doesn't lose itself to the temptation of exageration and stays true to its premise all the way through. I don't think it wants to teach any higher lesson, except to always keep your chin up in the face of adversity.

Maria was forced to learn things the hard way but most people can learn from Maria. Think about it and cherish that moment.

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