In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.
How far will she go before she's gone too far? These pellets contain heroin. Each weighs 10 grams. Each is 4.2 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. And they're on their way to New York in the stomach of a 17-year-old girl. Based on 1,000 true stories.
Continuity After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice.
Although the first part of the film is set in Colombia, it was actually filmed in Ecuador.
The film originally had been selected by Colombia to be its official choice for the 77th Academy Awards. It was rejected because it was considered to be not Colombian enough and the film "El Rey" by the Dorado Brothers was submitted instead.
At the end there is an Intel ad saying "It's what's inside that counts", a clear reference to the movie's subject.
This is Catalina Sandino Moreno film debut. An anonymous admirer who had seen her in a play told her mother about the open casting call.
Catalina Sandino Moreno became the first actress ever to be nominated to Best Actress at the Oscars for a role that it is spoken entirely in Spanish.
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