Maria, llena eres de gracia
starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae, Orlando Tobon
written and directed by Joshua Marston
by Walter Chaw In Maria Full of Grace (Maria, llena eres de gracia), Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno), to prepare for swallowing the horse-choker, heroin-filled prophylactics that Colombian drug mules ingest by the dozens, practices on a few large grapes (call it "Maria full of Grapes"), and in her resolute suffering, she heralds the arrival of an actor to be reckoned with. Overflowing with subplots and burdened by at least one major character who's superfluous and distracting, Joshua Marston's hyphenate debut is as overstuffed as Maria's digestive tract, but Moreno's performance is so sure-footed and clear that it smoothes over some of the rougher patches of the piece.