Maria Full of Grace
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A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel--in fact, becoming a drug "mule"--changes the course of her life. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Marston's compact, personal film doesn't judge his Maria, it merely observes her, explains her and humanizes a dark corner of a dirty business."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"One of the emblematic migration stories of our time."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The subject could be, and has been, exploitative in other films, but Joshua Marston shrewdly sketches asides of drama about whether Maria should simply remain in New York. To his credit, that outcome feels as fraught with peril as her drug-running."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Moreno gives a very memorable debut performance..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Maria Full of Grace provides an authentic and compelling view of a drug mule's experience."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"The fact that [Moreno's] Maria is so believable, so compelling, rests entirely on what she brings to the part, not what the part brings to her. Her face is the kind that can carry a movie on the strength of sheer screen presence."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A stunner of a film."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
""Maria Full Of Grace" was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and carries the cinematic currency of an important and thought provoking drama."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"the filmmaker's eye and ear for authentic detail and believable characterization...make the film an unusually tough and gritty slice of underworld life."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Moreno é uma daquelas atrizes que prendem o olhar do espectador, que, fascinado, mal percebe o sutil trabalho de construção de personagem que está sendo desenvolvido."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of those films that finds strength in its directness, that passes up the fireworks and cheap tricks and just goes straight for the starkness of a powerful situation."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Unflinching drama of the journey of a drug mule."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"'Maria Full of Grace' offers a clear picture of the economics that drive the hopeless many to take risks in the enrichment of the few."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Belongs to Moreno."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Moreno communicates without words - she immediately sells the film, the concept, the struggle, the danger."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
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