August 31, 2005

Maria Full of Grace

Maria Full of Grace is an outstanding dramatic film. One that almost feels like a documentary for its unflinching and unapologetic attitude towards one woman's passage through an unbelievable situation that is unfortunately a reality. The film tells the fictional story of a woman who, unhappy with her current life, makes a set of choices that set her along a path that will either lead to utter demolition or the opportunity of a lifetime. Capturing that opportunity, however, requires her to make the active decision to discard all that she has. It is only her strength, and some luck, that allows her to survive.

I've wanted to watch this film for a while, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. I was expecting it to be an enjoyable film, but in fact I think it is one of the best I've ever seen. The situation is captivating. The plot feels as realistic as things can get. The characters are honest and full of depth. Catalina Sandino Moreno gives an excellent performance, and I would say the best I've ever seen for a debut.

Posted by josuah at August 31, 2005 5:03 AM UTC+00:00

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