For some reason, I was thinking today about recent films that have the word Grace in them, and what these films say about grace.
Interestingly enough, but these films deal with drugs, but beyond that the basic premises are different.
Maria Full of Grace deals with a young Columbian girl (Catalina Sandino Moreno), pregnent with child, while Saving Grace deals with an older British woman (Brenda Blethyn) dealing with the death of her husband.
But both these women, in hard situations turn to drug trafficking (in very different ways) and Saving Grace is far more comical than Maria Full of Grace. Yet, in both situations Moreno and Blethyn both are potrayed as sympathetic heroes. You root them on, because you know their illegal acts are out of personal desportation and in turn you find symphathy on the characters. You view their struggles, downfalls, and poor decisions with grace. They are in a hopeless state.
When grace is defined with words like mercy, clemency, and pardon...grace becomes the perfect word for how as an audience you view these two women, who's illegal acts and unfortunate situations create a desire to forgive and pardon their acts, and even hope that good things will come from their illegal deeds.
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