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Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Actors: Demián Bichir, LUIS DE ICAZA, Juan Diego Botto, TERE LÓPEZ-TARÍN como MARIA, Ana Torrent
Director: henner Hoffman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
NR     2008     1hr 39min

Maria Inés, una bella inteligente mestiza, hija de un duque espan ol que vive en un monasterio, en la fascinante época de la América Española. Su padre es uno de los principales benefactores de la misión, esto hace que goc...  more »

     
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Actors: Demián Bichir, LUIS DE ICAZA, Juan Diego Botto, TERE LÓPEZ-TARÍN como MARIA, Ana Torrent
Director: henner Hoffman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Family Life, Religion & Spirituality
Studio: Navarre Corporation
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/12/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Spanish
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Movie Reviews

A must-have for lovers of Mexican film.
Alfredo R. Villanueva | New York, NY United States | 09/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This stunning film by Eduardo Rosoff is actually the companion piece for "I, the Worst of All", and I cannot fathom why it has not been talked about more often. It takes place a century prior to Sor Juana's story, and it exposes the darker side both of the Spanish Conquest and of the Catholic Church. A beautiful mestizo girl, Maria Ines, has been left in a mixed monastery by her nobleman father. She is allowed to wear lay clothing and to indulge in her passion for science, all of which attracts the envy of both priests and one paticular nun. When her father dies, retribution for her superior intelligence is swift. Finally, she leaves all her money to the prior so he can build his dream cathedral, and goes back to her mother's people. The prior is poisoned by his second-in-command, who harbors an obsessive hatred for Ana Maria. Meanwhile, she realizes that the Indians are being exterminated by the Spaniards, who give them clothing contaminated with measles, and decides to fight them.

She is then joined by several of the nuns, including her former enemy, Clara. The new prior decides to exterminate her, kidnaps her, has her tried as a witch and burned at the stake. Clara is stabbed by a soldier and falls into the pyre to die with her friend. The two men who have loved Ana Maria return to the monastery to kill the prior, but he has already been poisoned by an older nun, who had discovered his treachery.

Tere Lopez Tarin delivers a powerhouse performance as Ana María, supported by Ana Torrent as Clara, Juan Diego Botto as Father Demian and Luis de Icaza as The Evil Prior. Ideal for classroom use!"