Directed by: Joshua Marston
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria), Yenny Paola Vega (Blanca), John Alex Toro (Franklin), Guilied Lopez (Lucy), Patricia Rae (Carla), Johanna Andrea Mora (Sister)
Country: Colombia; Effed Up Central/South-American Films
Language: Spanish; Effed Up Spanish Cinema
Plot – Spoilers:
17-year-old Maria lives in a small Colombian town where the only respectable job for women is at a flower farm. She’s bored of her job and her boyfriend who seems content to live and die where he grew up. At home, her sister is a single mom obsessed with the health of her baby, and who hardly contributes to the family income, yet keeps the pressure on Maria to work a job she despises as it’s vital for funding the baby’s needs.
But things are coming to a head. Maria’s just realized she’s pregnant. She feels her boyfriend is a loser and not a worthy dad to her baby. She’s also just quit her job. Early on in the film, we see Maria climbing a roof while her boyfriend remains unwilling to join her. This sets up her nature as someone willing to take chances to move higher up.
Soon the reckoning moment arrives in the form of Franklin on his big bike, which is in stark contrast to her boyfriend’s cycle. Franklin is familiar with Bogota and its opportunities and offers her a well-paying job as a drug mule. Maria accepts.