Maria Full of Grace
Maria Alvarez is a smart, independent 17-year-old from Colombia who agrees to smuggle a half-kilo of heroin into the United States for a shot at a normal existence in "El Norte" -- where she imagines the city streets are paved with gold.
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- Joshua Marston
- 2004 Sundance Film Festival®
- Audience Award: Drama
- Grand Jury Prize: Drama nominee
- 2005 Independent Spirit Awards®
- 2005 Academy Award®
- Best Actress nominee: Catalina Sandino Moreno
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is about an unfortunate chain of events that leads a 17-year old Colombian girl, Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno), to smuggle drugs into the U.S. by swallowing them. The processes of preparing the drugs for swallowing, the actual swallowing, and the retrieval are shown in exhaustive detail. Though only one brief heavy kissing scene takes place, much of the plot revolves around Maria's pregnancy and the pressures it brings, which are discussed extensively. Language (English subtitles) is casual and conversational, but often heated and uncensored. While Maria is noble in many regards, her actions are dangerous, and they put her life in jeopardy.
- Sexual Content
- Mild teenage foreplay, sexual discussions regarding pregnancy.
- Graphically bloody scene depicting aftermath of drug-transporting accident.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Maria is a complicated character. She illegally transports drugs (while pregnant). But she's also caught in a difficult world, and in the end finds her inner strength.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Teen drinking, drinking while pregnant, humans used as vessels for transportation of drug pellets.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it