Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Emilio Maillé|
|Produced by||Matthias Ehrenberg|
|Written by||Jorge Franco Ramos (novel)
|Distributed by||Columbia TriStar|
Rosario Tijeras is a 2005 Colombian film and 2010 TV series based on the book of the same name written by Jorge Franco. The film was released in Colombia in 2005. In that same year the film had its North American premiere at the American Film Institute festival in Hollywood. The film was also nominated for a Goya Award for best foreign film. Rosario Tijeras is reportedly the second highest-grossing film in Colombian history.
The movie, based on a novel by Jorge Franco, deals with the life of a beautiful woman involved with the subculture of sicarios, the motorcycle-riding hitmen of the slums of Medellín, Colombia, in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Rosario, a dangerous woman who was molested and raped as a child, and now claiming to be owned by no man, lives a life on the edge while trying to come to terms with her past and the men in her life, not making the best choices along the way.
The film is told in flashback from the point of view of Antonio, a young man from the upper class of Medellín. While at a Medellín disco one night, both he and his best friend, Emilio, simultaneously lay eyes upon the beautiful Rosario. Emilio pursues her and begins an affair with her, despite knowing that she is involved with drug cartel leaders, and despite getting entangled in her violent life. However, Emilio's family rejects the relationship, which crushes Emilio. Antonio continues his own platonic relationship with Rosario as her confidante. When Rosario's brother, Johnefe, with whom Rosario lives, is killed, Antonio and Rosario grow closer. All along, Rosario starts falling in an spiral of drugs and violence, dragging both Emilio and Antonio with her. Rosario, who often kisses the men she then kills, is a marked woman, and she eventually meets her comeuppance. Antonio takes her to the emergency room, from where he relates her story.
RCN produced a TV series that is currently being shown on its network in Colombia. Telefutura broadcast the series in the United States from July 12, 2010 to October 4, 2010 after replacing Las muñecas de la mafia. María Fernanda Yépez, a Colombian actress, stars as Rosario Tijeras in the TV series. Currently, Telefutura's successor, Unimás, is rebroadcasting the novela in place of the recently cancelled ¿Quién Eres Tú?.
The TV series tells the story of Rosario Tijeras (Maria Fernanda Yepez), a woman raised in a slum that was 18 years old when she was raped by a local gang, and which causes her to change for the better after her classmate was killed by a drug lord, El Papa. Rosario avenges her rape by cutting El Cache's testes with scissors (hence the name, Rosario Tijerias) and purposely goes to the market of her stepfather to get picked up to go to El Papa's house so she can execute her plan. Once Rosario is alone in his bedroom, she grabs a gun he hid in a cabinet and kills him behind a pillow. After news spreads she killed El Papa, Rosario Tijeras gains notoriety and is sought out by El Rey De Los Cielos (The King of the Heavens) to become an assassin. Along the way, she has a stormy love affair with her two inseparable friends from wealthy families, Antonio de Bedout (Andres Sandoval) and Emilio Echegaray (Sebastián Martínez).
The story takes a five year jump from 1999 to 2004, where Rosario meets Emilio at a nightclub after she killed a target. Antonio notices her for the first time in five years and seeks to be with her once again. Their lives are separated by Rosario, which traps them and takes them to a world full of dangers, where she is a victim and instrument of death and they receive a deadly fate thanks in part to a woman they loved before Rosario, Paula Restrepo, who seeks to destroy Rosario for ruining her love life and at the end she is left without her best friend and husband. Rosario pays the ultimate price when she kills the brother of El Rey, El Teo, who killed her brother (Jhonefe), her close friend (Ferney) who tried to kill her by Teo's orders, her unborn baby in a shootout, and Emilio at the cemetery. Rosario and Antonio plan their escape to Brasil but are stopped short by El Rey's men who fulfill his orders and kill both. The series ends with Rosario having a makeshift memorial made near her old home where she lived.
TV series soundtrack
- Si vos no estas aqui - El Vampiro
- Rosario - Mary Hellen, Wolfine, Q´sko
- Amor a la fuerza - Ultrajala, Q´sko, Kiño
- Soy fuego - Mugre T.O, Goez T.O, Mary Hellen
- El barrio - Wolfine, Pipe Bega, Goez T.O, Mary Hellen
- Triste y vacia - Goez T.O, Kiño
- El que a hierro mata - I'll Wonder, Alias Ramírez, Ultrajala
- Bang-Bang - T.O, Mary Hellen, Wolfine
- Mundos diferentes - Avendaño, Ultrajala, I'll Wonder, Drazz
- Sed de venganza - Tribu Omerta, Kiño
- Maldita Mujer - Tito – Fatto (Caña. Brava), El Amarillo
- El rey de los cielos - Q´sko, Oso, Ebratt, Felpa
- Así somos - Q´sko, Pipe Bega, Laberinto, DJH
- "Rosario Tijeras".
- The actual TV series