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on October 25, 2014
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A middle aged writer has returned to his Colombian hometown after a 30 year absence to claim an inheritance from his sister.
Once he arrives he goes into a deep depression because he is the only remaining family member and he never married.
However, his deepest depression stems from how violent his hometown has become.

He is surprised how violent his hometown has become. So much so that he hires two bodyguards---street hardened thugs who are quick (sometimes too quick) with a pistol.
He lavishes gifts on them like penthouse apartments, electronics, new clothes, and fancy restaurant meals.

However, as the writer tries to recapture his youth and remember his youth, the more depressed he becomes especially since he feels he must take revenge on one of his bodyguard's killer.

Especially since it is his fault that his bodyguard gets killed!
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on January 13, 2015
Interesting film. An older/younger Gay relationship encounters difficulties in a violent
area where drugs and guns prevail. Young guy owns a gun, older guy prefers he did not. No spoilers in this review, see it for yourself.
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on March 2, 2017
Very disappointing movie. I didn't like it at all!
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on July 26, 2017
Interesting and intense. Not for everyone.
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on May 12, 2017
EXCELLENT --- THANKS!
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on October 24, 2015
Despite the gratuitous violence, I will give this movie 5 stars. It's a subject so rarely visited in pop culture. 'the cult of the daddy, and the boys who chase them. Well cast, good screenplay adaptation.
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on October 2, 2006
I am not sure how much of this film is autobiographical and how much is fiction. I do know that Fernando Vallejo, the novelist who wrote the novel "Our Lady of the Assassins" as well as this film's screenplay, is a reknowned Colombian author who, like the Fernando in this film, spent much of his life in voluntary exhile. (In the real Fernando's case, the exhile was in Mexico and Italy). In another series of novels Vallejo has written extensively about the difficulties of growing up gay in Colombia, so there is a possibility that in the novel and film versions of "Our Lady of the Assassins" we are getting glympses of his own life experience coming back to Medellin as a middle-aged man.

Both the film and the novel present a touching but in many ways distasteful romance between an affluent older man and an underaged hustler/hired killer from the Medellin underclass. Neither the film nor the novel pass judgment on the relationship, but both make the viewer/reader squirm. There is the obvious question of poor youth being exploited by an older man. Additionally, the older man is an unapologetic snob, a hedonistic social-darwinist whose contempt for the indigent around him reflects very poorly on the Colombian bourgeoisie. The younger man, beneath the angel face, is nihilistic and an apparently uncritical respository of crass international pop culture. The duo's comments about their lives and their meanderings through Medellin depict a very sick society--a portrait that is the thrust of Vallejo's novel.

Other commentors on this webpage suggest that they do not find the wanton violence in this film credible. Unfortunately, the press reports on life in Bogota and Medellin (particularly the latter, as one of the capitals of the cocaine cartels) bear out Vallejo's portrait. So, too, do the stories of many affluent Colombians who have emigrated to Miami in order to escape violence. And sadly, the literature and films about slum children from other large Latin American cities--Pixote (Sao Paulo), Los Olvidados (Mexico City), Amores Perros (Mexico City)--touch on similar themes [See the recent Colombian novel "Satan", by Moreno, which is a portrait of Bogota gone to hell]. This is an unpleasant, painful portrait--and we are seeing the portrait through the eyes of people who are alternatively sympathetic and horrible. But the portrait is probably realistic, as are our guides.

The deliberate use of unsophisticated cameras in this film add to the feeling of cinema verite and enhance the film's impact. All in all, this is an impressive undertaking, and the film goes beyond the novel in engendering dispair over the well-being of Colombia.
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on June 4, 2017
Good movie
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on May 16, 2016
Love this movie. I've been watching it since it came out and finally bought it.
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on February 16, 2016
This film is a great adaptation of the novel by the same name.
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