Our Lady Of The Assassins

Our Lady Of The Assassins

Director: Barbet Schroeder, German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros

Cast: Barbet Schroeder, German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros

     
 

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A middle-aged man wanting to revisit the city of his birth discovers time and corruption have taken a terrible toll in this drama. Fernando (German Jaramillo) is a successful gay writer who was born in Medellín, Colombia, but has lived in Europe for the past 30 years. Feeling jaded and uninspired, Fernando decides to return to Colombia after the death of his sister,

Overview

A middle-aged man wanting to revisit the city of his birth discovers time and corruption have taken a terrible toll in this drama. Fernando (German Jaramillo) is a successful gay writer who was born in Medellín, Colombia, but has lived in Europe for the past 30 years. Feeling jaded and uninspired, Fernando decides to return to Colombia after the death of his sister, who was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Fernando remembers the Medellín of his youth as a beautiful place, but now the city is the capital of the international drug trade, and crime and urban sprawl have made it a harsh and dangerous place to live. At a party, Fernando meets Alexis (Anderson Ballesteros), a member of a teenage street gang. The two soon strike up a friendship, as Fernando tries to show Alexis what's left of the city he once knew, and Alexis teaches Fernando the grim realities of life and death on the streets. Fernando and Alexis become lovers, but despite their affection for each other, Fernando does not fully understand the dangerous and volatile nature of life in the new Medellín, which leads him into grave danger. La Virgen de los Sicarios was written for the screen by Fernando Vallejo, based on his novel. Director Barbet Schroeder shot the film on location in Medellín, using a digital video camera in order to speed up production in the notoriously dangerous city.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This audacious meditation on death, violence, godlessness, and the breakdown of social order in the face of guerilla capitalism has the good grace to lace its incredibly heavy themes with wit, comedy, intellectual passion, and smoldering sensuality. After a string of lackluster Hollywood films, director Barbet Schroeder returns to form with this layered, visually arresting Spanish-language feature in which the voice of reason and moral accountability is an atheistic, middle-aged writer with a taste for wiry, beautiful young boys and a chasm of regret a mile wide running through his soul. Colombian stage actor German Jaramillo brings an air of tragic aestheticism and knowing contradiction to the difficult role of expatriate writer Fernando Vallejo; his transformation from self-pitying observer to thoughtful, yet active participant in his homeland's struggles parallels the audience's journey from titillation to emotional investment and, ultimately, spiritual devastation. The irony and ambiguity of La Virgen de los Sicarios, however, permeates far more than just its indelible central character. This is a film that forces us to indulge in our taste for humorous, cartoon violence, then chokes the laughs before they've left our throats. It also forces us to examine our complicity in the enjoyment of cheap beauty, turning its romantic themes into a meditation on the intersection of sex and money. Anderson Ballesteros and Juan David Restrepo, playing parts very close to their actual lives on the streets of Medellín, bring a primal mixture of beauty, affection, and savagery to their roles as Vallejo's young hustler friends; the apparent ease with which their characters navigate a world of casual drive-bys and constant death suggests that the term "amorality" loses its meaning when one is raised in a world where human life has no value. The film's true star, however, is Medellín itself -- a city whose shocking beauty, sickening squalor, and frequent sacrilege are captured in crisp digital video and accented by Schroeder's hallucinatory dream sequences. Like Before Night Falls -- another film whose gay themes are secondary to its political and humanistic concerns -- La Virgen de los Sicarios uses the figure of an outsider artist to map out the darkest corners of our global society in all its beauty and tragic desolation.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
As the film, with its haunting score and inspired use of popular music, builds flawlessly to its resounding conclusion, it is accompanied by a pitch-dark humor that grows out of the sheer absurdity of the city's daily body count.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929314034
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
15,942

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Disc #1 -- Our Lady of the Assassins
1. Chapter 1 [:20]
2. Chapter 2 [7:21]
3. Chapter 3 [:36]
4. Chapter 4 [8:02]
5. Chapter 5 [7:09]
6. Chapter 6 [5:31]
7. Chapter 7 [1:25]
8. Chapter 8 [4:55]
9. Chapter 9 [2:33]
10. Chapter 10 [5:18]
11. Chapter 11 [1:39]
12. Chapter 12 [3:24]
13. Chapter 13 [4:37]
14. Chapter 14 [3:07]
15. Chapter 15 [4:22]
16. Chapter 16 [7:52]
17. Chapter 17 [5:52]
18. Chapter 18 [2:02]
19. Chapter 19 [4:52]
20. Chapter 20 [4:47]
21. Chapter 21 [5:49]
22. Chapter 22 [6:33]
23. Chapter 23 [2:32]
24. Chapter 24 [:04]

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