Our Lady of the Assassins

Released 2000


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Barbet Schroeder
Our Lady of the Assassins is a thriller film that revolves around one man's struggles in figuring out his life. Fernando (German Jaramillo) is a gay man who has recently returned home with the goal of dying on his mind. However, when he meets Alexis (Anderson Ballasteros) at a party, he begins to change his mind about living. The two men quickly begin a relationship and fall in love. Fernando talks to Alexis about how pastoral the city used to be while Alexis talks about shootings and violence. One day Fernando discovers that Alexis is a hit man who has gang members looking for him. Eventually, two men find and kill Alexis, and Fernando feels partially responsible because he had Alexis' gun. As Fernando aimlessly wanders the streets, he encounters a man named Wilmar (Juan David Restrepo) who looks and acts like Alexis. The two begin an affair, but Fernando soon discovers that Wilmar has secrets of his own.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    As the film, with its haunting score and inspired use of popular music, builds flawlessly to its resounding conclusion, it is accompanied by a pitch-dark humor that grows out of th...

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Couldn't have succeeded had it been cast with movie stars. Its authenticity derives not only from the streets on which it was filmed but also from its able Colombian cast.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Schroeder's first non-American film in 16 years feels like a rejuvenation; his adaptation of Fernando Vallejo's 1994 novel has a naturalistic freedom and ease that is both refreshi...

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Crime, Foreign Language