Our Lady of the Assassins
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A middle-aged man wanting to revisit the city of his birth discovers time and corruption have taken a terrible toll in this drama. Fernando (German Jaramillo) is a successful gay writer who was born in Medellín, Colombia, but has lived in Europe for the past 30 years. Feeling jaded and uninspired, Fernando decides to return to Colombia after the death of his sister, who was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Fernando remembers the Medellín of his youth as a beautiful place, but now the city is the capital of the international drug trade, and crime and urban sprawl have made it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie that finds a new way to get at the dichotomy of the violent yet supposedly religious and of the faith-starved yet militantly agnostic."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Medellin displays [its] bi-polar nature through Schroeder's perceptive camera"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"...a subtle and rigorous examination of the dynamics of power, both personal and political ...like Thomas Mann's Death in Venice transposed into the key of viciousness"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Extraordinarily compelling and gripping."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The Spanish-language thriller Our Lady of the Assassins has a lot to say. Whether most audiences can sit through the movie long enough to bear witness to those messages is entirely a different matter."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film's title is appropriate. A desperate Catholicism flavors the doomed city."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like a random gang shooting - it leaves a big impression but makes no sense."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"... a powerful examination of the decline of civilization as refracted in one tiny corner of the world."
‑ Ted Murphy, Baseline.Hollywood.com
"A cautionary tale set in Medellin, Colombia, where even peace loving individuals become anesthetized by random carnage."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Simultaneously alienating and weirdly compelling, Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady of the Assassins isn't a comfortable ride"
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"A film of clarity, feeling and electric intensity."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"The message is fine, the film itself is not so fine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"We get the point after the first half hour or so: hope is gone, life is awful, okay, okay, got it."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"An engrossing look at how hope and love can still survive in the bleakest of conditions."
‑ Derek Tse, Jam! Movies
"At its worst, the film slathers on the symbolism and unabashed pontification with such relentlessness that its sullen drumbeat obscures its message."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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