This movie was written and directed by Joshua Marston in 2004.
Maria has just left her job in a factory and, though pregnant, goes to Bogota, the capital of Colombia, with the hope to find a better work. Soon, a man proposes to her to become a drug mule. She accepts because she needs the money to help her sister, her mother and her grandmother who stayed without funds in her birthplace.
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Firstly, she must learn to swallow grapes without chewing them in order to be ready to swallow the thirty sachets of cocaine that she must transport. In the aircraft, there are also her best friend Juana and Lucy, a young woman working as a drug mule for the third time. In New York, Maria is questioned by the customs officers but is released because a pregnant woman cannot be x-rayed.
In the hotel where these women must remain with the drug dealers, Lucy dies of an overdose when one of the sachets tears away in her stomach. Maria and Juana flee from the hotel with the drug and hide in the apartment of Lucy's sister. But Maria quickly understands that if she doesn't return the cocaine, her family in Colombia is in great danger. She also visits a doctor to make sure that her future child is in good health. She returns then the cocaine, receives her salary and decides to go back to Colombia.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler
17-year-old Maria Alvarez doesn't see much to look forward to. She lives in Colombia in a small house with her mother, grandmother, sister, and nephew; she's dating an indolent loser who gets her pregnant; and she just quit her job de-thorning flowers. But when she runs into an acquaintance
who has connections to the drug trade, Maria finds a chance to make some money for her family and for herself. She has to swallow 62 pellets full of drugs and carry them in her stomach into the United States.
If even one pellet breaks, she dies. But, along with two other girls from her hometown, Maria takes her chances and embarks on a journey to a foreign land.
101 min. Spanish with subtitles.
The review of this Movie prepared by Greg Sato