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Maria Full of Grace back to product details

Flows with the rhythms of daily life
written by SBarnett March 24, 2006 - 12:40 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
An outstanding film that remains true to its characters and story. The R rating is a travesty. The film contains none of the customary Hollywood props and crutches and stereotypes--no shootouts, T&A, grinding backstory, slathering dealers, intrusive camerawork. Intimate, lyrical realism, full of attention to detail, emotional depth, real anguish, hope, failure, redepmtion. Not to be missed.

Stirring & Provocative
written by JMVerville December 8, 2004 - 12:35 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Maria Full of Grace is one of the better films of 2004: well acted, well written, and very unique in its' story. From the beginning to the end Joshua Marston chooses to present the story in a way that has us relating and sympathizing with Maria in her plight to find her place in the sun.

A very real topic with very real portrayal and acting, this is definitely one of the better films to come out. It presents its story at a quick pace and leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and recommend it to anyone in general, being a great triumph in film-making. I hope to see more films from Joshua Marston in the future.

written by talltale December 7, 2004 - 5:50 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
2004 would appear to be the Hispanic year for movies. So far, "The Motorcycle Diaries" and MARIA FULL OF GRACE take top honors for full-bodied, emotionally and creatively bountiful films. "Maria" may be less universal in its geographical scope but it is full of the minute details of life lived in the oppressed lane. The viewer is thrust into the mind, soul and spirit of Maria as she goes from unsatisfied girl friend and family member to "mule" for a drug cartel. Nothing is pushed too hard here; moment after moment seems real and rough, with each positive thing earned at least twice over. The writing, direction and acting are of a piece--consistently believable. This is a stunning first feature; if it were this director's 50th, it would still be remarkable.


(Average 7.39)
326 Votes
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