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Maria Full of Grace (2004) - Oscar® Nominee

Director: Joshua Marston     Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40250808
UPC: 026359192722
UPC 14: 00026359192722
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Maria, a bright, spirited 17 year old, lives with 3 generations of her family in a cramped house in rural columbia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation, maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroine - which she must swallow - to the U.S.

"...destined to be one of the most important films of the year.  Jeffrey Lyons, NBC
"A triumphant performance by Cataline Sandino Moreno.  Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Stunning...a powerhouse film.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
This debut feature film by Joshua Marston tells the suspenseful and absorbing story of Maria, a poor, pregnant Columbian teenager (Catalina Sandina Moreno) with a soul-crushing job at a flower plantation and a rebellious streak. Her multigenerational, all-female family relies too much on her as the principle breadwinner, squandering her earnings on medicines of questionable value for her sister's baby. This drives Maria to quit, dump her immature boyfriend, and go to Bogotá where she tumbles into work as a drug mule. Like thousands of real-life Columbians, she earns money by flying to New York City with up to a kilogram of tightly wrapped heroin pellets in her stomach, risking prison or worse: instant death should even one of the pellets break open inside her. Marston based the film on actual interviews with airport customs agents and former mules; the result is an authentic, intensely cinematic experience. The camera wrings vivid color and mood from the many on-location settings and doesn't shy away from any aspect of Maria's journey, making this succeed as a suspense film, character study, and detailed examination of a rarely seen aspect of the drug wars. Thanks to the superb performance and charisma of lead actress Moreno--in her film debut--the audience stays riveted to her plight every step of the way. MARIA FULL OF GRACE made its debut at Sundance where it won the Audience Drama Award.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/29/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 91927
Video UPC UPC: 00026359192722
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Spanish
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Spanish
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Catalina Sandino Moreno
Video Cast Info Johanna Andrea Mora
Video Cast Info Virginia Ariza
Video Cast Info Yenny Paola Vega
Video Cast Info Jim Denault - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joshua Marston - Director
Video Cast Info Joshua Marston - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Paul S. Mezey - Producer

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[E]xtraordinary....[The film] unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing." 07/23/2004 p.56-7

Rolling Stone
"Remember the name Catalina Sandino Moreno. The heartfelt and harrowing performance she gives here should put her in line for a heap of year-end awards." 08/05/2004 p.122

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"The movie is every bit as gripping and suspenseful as many far more expensive Hollywood thrillers." 07/01/2004 p.87

Los Angeles Times
"Sandino Moreno may be in only her early 20s, but she is able to draw upon her considerable talent and training to create a portrayal that comes from deep within. She has a radiant screen presence..." 07/15/2004 p.E13

Chicago Sun-Times
"A human drama of great power..." 12/03/2004 p.11

Sight and Sound
"[A] well-crafted, finely acted tale....Moreno's exceptional performance maintains the mix of belligerence and naivete that makes Maria such a contradictory and compelling protagonist." 03/01/2005 p.62-64

"[Moreno] bolts the movie down with an earthy, spontaneous performance." 04/01/2005 p.138

Ranked #24 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[I]ts multi-stranded, all-encompassing narrative evokes memories of Steven Soderbergh's TRAFFIC." 01/01/2006 p.82-83

Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Marston is a natural dramatist, and, better still, an adventurous one." 05/19/2010

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sandino,Catalina
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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