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La Vendedora De Rosas

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A band of street urchins have great hopes as Christmas eve is getting close. Will they spend it among pals? Or with their suitors? Will they have enough dough to scare up their own party? Will they be wearing new clothes that night? All these expectancies, which won't materialize in the end, are to bring about a somewhat nefarious ending: loneliness, despondency, drugs and death. Hidden face of a cruel, intense latinamerican city. En la noche de navidad, Mónica vende rosas para ganarse la vida y para comprarse el sueño de una fiesta con pólvora, estrenar ropa y salir con su novio... pero la vida le depara una nueva cita con la soledad, la pobreza y la muerte. Mónica es la otra cara de Medellín, una ciudad como cualquier otra en donde los niños de la calle que no tienen lugar en este mundo viven el tiempo inútil de su inexistencia.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lady Tabares, Marta Correa, Mileider Gil, Diana Murillo, Liliana Giraldo
  • Directors: Víctor Gaviria
  • Writers: Víctor Gaviria, Carlos Henao
  • Producers: Erwin Goggel, Pierre Cottrell, Sergio Navarro, Silvia Vargas
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Venevision
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D0YX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Vendedora De Rosas" on IMDb

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This is an unbelievable film. "...Rosas" is graphic and truly disturbing as it captures the squalid life of the gamin in Medellín, Colombia. The children lead a life of sex, drugs, and prostitution without compunction. They are the sad result of broken homes. The film is a commentary on how the war on drugs has lead to the neglect of Colombia's poor. The irony of it all, the children are not hooked on cocaine but glue. They sniff the stuff out of paper bags, slowly depleting their young brain cells every time they use it. A very disturbing, yet enlightening, film. It brings awareness to a growing problem in Colombia and questions the results of the Colombian government having to concentrate its efforts fighting the drug cartels and guerrilla insurgents rather than concentrating its efforts rehabilitating the children who will surely wind up contributing to the drug-insurgency problem in the future. The kids in the film did a wonderful job in their performance, really good acting, and the directing was very sharp, weaving the different subplots seamlessly without having to clumsily intersect them. The film is in a sense a docudrama. Even though the film is not as effective as "Children of God," the film does succeed in making the viewer aware that there is more to the troubles in Colombia besides the things your read about in the New York Times.
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This is a heart-wrenching film about children in poverty, focusing on a girl who sells flowers to survive. It is a "feminine" or feminist (perhaps) counterpart to the same director (Victor Gaviria)'s earlier film, "Rodrigo D: No Future" and one should ideally watch both. I was enormously moved when I saw this film for the first time. An important predecessor for other neo-realist Colombian films such as "Our Lady of the Assassins" and "Maria Full of Grace."
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Esta pelicula es de la clase de cine que uno debe tener en casa para apreciar lo que tiene en esta vida. La dolorosa experiencia de ver a 'Monica' la vendedora de rosas y los demas ninos, tratando de sobrevivir en medio de una ciudad acelerada por el dinero y las drogas y su crueldad con los mas indefensos, le aprieta a uno el alma.

La busqueda constante de los personajes por encontrarse con ese alguien y en ese sitio tan especial que los haga sentirse amados e importantes, lo lleva a uno a compartir su angustia y su deseo por ver un final feliz que no llega.

Hay que abonarle a su director el hecho de haber utilizado unicamente actores naturales. Ninguno de ellos salio de las calles. Siguen ahi. Incluso su protagonista Lady Tabares se halla presa en colombia por intento de homicidio. Otro dato importante: Giovanny Quiroz 'el zarco' lo mataron en Medellin. Durante mucho tiempo estuvo buscando una oportunidad en el mundo de la actuacion, luego de la pelicula, pero se le cerraron todas las puertas debido a su singular pasado. Nadie le dio la mano y la calle le cobro lo que le debia.

Una cinta de gran drama y ganadora de 14 premios internacionales incluidos el de festival de Cannes, el de la Habana y los premios Ariel en Mexico. La Vendedora de Rosas es para verla cuando usted sienta que quiere cambiar el mundo pero no sabe por donde empezar. Bueno...aqui hay un inicio: "Para que zapatos, si no hay casa?"
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I really liked this movie, not only because of the plot, but most

importantly, because it shows you (the viewer) life outside your own.

It shows you how tough and unfair life really is. It shows you that

this is real, and it is not sugarcoated. I have to say that it is tough

to watch, because you are compelled to feel pity and sorry for the

characters in this movie. But then again, this is life, and life is

tough. It does show the "rough" parts of Colombia, but there is no such

thing as a perfect country. I recommend this movie. Definitely a A+.
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This movie is a must see.. it definitely shows the effects that children with poor family structure can easily be veered into negative influences like drugs, prostitution, homelessness etc.. in search for a loving relationship or just some attention.. I would definitely recommend parents show this movie to adolescents as an eyeopener...Both can learn from the movie..
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Este es un filme que refleja la realidad de todo lo que pasa en muchos paises de america latina, la verdad valae la pena verlo, es una cruda realida, pero increiblemente cosas parecidas pasan en la vida real. Os invito a verlo, es un gran filme!!
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This is truly a diamond in the rough. The film has nearly no budget and the main characters, all kids, are really kids taken off the street and asked to participate in the film. The film has no script, just an overall main storyline and the kids all are encouraged to just live their lives as normal. It shows a sad reality that other movies nearly never show, and if they do, they will include a happy ending for the suffering or a consequence for one's malice. This movie more resembles real life and like real life for a child growing up in the streets of a third world country, there is no justice. This film captivated me for it's raw presentation. It's lack of attempt to sugar coat reality, and I also enjoyed the story, based on the short story by the same author of the Little Mermaid originally titled, the Little Match Seller.
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