Maria Full of Grace (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Social Problem Film, Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 16, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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New York-based writer/director Joshua Marston makes his feature film debut with the coming-of-age drama Maria Full of Grace, with a script developed at the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. Catalina Sandino Moreno plays Maria Alvarez, a teenager living in Bogotá, Colombia. Along with most of the other able-bodied people in her community, she works a perilous job in a flower plantation. She wants to quit, but her large family depends on her meager salary. One day, Maria meets a smooth-talking young man named Franklin. He offers her a business proposition to make some money and travel. However, the task involves her acting as a drug mule and smuggling heroin into the U.S. Maria Full of Grace premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the dramatic competition.

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drug-smuggler, Colombian [nationality], heroin, underworld, plantation, pregnancy