• Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Maria Full of Grace

Release Date: July 16th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2004

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Seventeen-year-old Colombian Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is desperate: pregnant and with a large family to care for, she's forced to leave a demanding job after an altercation with her boss. Needing work as soon as possible, she encounters charming Franklin (John Álex Toro), who offers her a dangerous job as a drug mule. With cocaine pellets in her stomach, Maria flies to New York for the drug drop-off, but finds her new line of work may be far riskier than it initially seemed.

Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez, John Álex Toro, Patricia Rae, Wilson Guerrero, Jaime Osorio Gómez, Johanna Andrea Mora

Director: Joshua Marston

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Santa Fe Productions

Keywords: Intense, Friend, Sacrifice, Escape, Growing up, Sister, New York City, Hotel, 2000s, Underdog, Family, Suspenseful

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, the ending is a bit of a cop-out, but that's a small criticism for a film with such decent perspectives. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A remarkable -- and harrowing -- debut feature that makes you think there's hope after all for the future of independent films.

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role