peteg's blog - noise - movies - 2005 01 21 MariaFullOfGrace

Maria Full of Grace

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I saw the short when visiting Delvin back in July, but have only now got around to seeing it. I'm not sure what to make of this movie; the players more or less directly represent a few kinds of people from a lesser-developed-country: the expats, the downtrodden workers (one stuck in the loop, one with the courage to break out of it), the mafioso, etc. and as such fail to become characters. I fear my hardboiled cynicism blinds me to the redemptive moments in it, for all I see is a whole string of pragmatic decisions, none of which are principled or pretty. The leading actress is luminous and there is some art in the cinematography.