Maria Full of Grace Writer-director Joshua Marston's drama Maria Full of Grace — about a young Colombian woman (a luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno) who attempts to break out of… Maria Full of Grace Writer-director Joshua Marston's drama Maria Full of Grace — about a young Colombian woman (a luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno) who attempts to break out of…
DVD Review

Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace | HEROIN CHIC Moreno takes a drug test
HEROIN CHIC Moreno takes a drug test
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Dec 07, 2004; DVD Release Date: Dec 07, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Catalina Sandino Moreno and Guilied Lopez; Distributor: Fine Line Features

Writer-director Joshua Marston's drama Maria Full of Grace — about a young Colombian woman (a luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno) who attempts to break out of her impoverished life by becoming a drug mule — is riveting and heartbreaking. The same can be said of Marston's commentary, which occasionally haunts with true-life stories of heartbreak gathered as part of his extensive research. His commentary (a must for aspiring film students) is also a compellingly in-depth account of how a wobbly-sounding drug-war polemic evolved into something more intimate and subtle. The first-time feature director was — as he repeatedly points out — immensely aided by a gifted, improvisatory cameraman and cast. But he was also artist enough to mold his footage into a taut spiral of heightened emotions that feels bracingly real.

Originally posted Dec 01, 1979 Published in issue #796 Dec 10, 2004 Order article reprints