Rosario Tijeras is a Colombian crime drama romance that is based upon the novel of the same name by Jorge Franco. The screenplay was written by Marcelo Figueras. Directed by Emilio Maille, the movie features Flora Martínez, Manolo Cardona and Unax Ugalde. The film concerns the life of the beautiful Rosario Tijeras (played by Flora Martinez) who is immersed in the violent world of a motorcycle gang in Medellín, Colombia during the 1980s through 1990s.
Rosario was sexually assaulted as a child and has turned into a street wise woman who takes no prisoners. As a result, she is doing all she can to ensure that she is never overtaken by any man. As a result, she continues to make very bad choices for herself along the way. She lives a life of edgy crime while attempting to come to reconcile her past to understand her life and the men who have been in it.
The story is told in flashback from the perspective of an upper class man and acquaintance of Rosario's named Antonio. He met her while he and a friend, Emilio were enjoying themselves at a disco in Medellín. At that time, Emilio pursues her and they begin a torrid affair. However, when his family rejects her, Emilio is devastated and he and Rosario are forced apart. This does nothing to help Rosario's self worth, making her increasingly desperate. But she hides her feelings behind a tough exterior. Antonio remains a platonic friend and confidante of Rosario.
Rosario lives with her beloved brother, Jonhefe. When he is murdered, Rosario begins to grow much closer with Antonio. Since Rosario has become expert at offing the men she gets involved in, she becomes an easy target. Soon she experiences retaliation for her actions. Her friend, Antonio tells her tale from the hospital where he brought her.
The film was first released in Colombia and had a North American premiere at Hollywood's American Film Institute festival. The film was also nominated for best foreign film at the Goya Awards.