The Milk of Sorrow

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Released 2009

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2009
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The Milk of Sorrow is the second movie from acclaimed Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, and it lives up to her reputation as one of the most interesting female directors. This movie deals with the themes of brutality, violence and suffering of Peruvian women during the 1990s civil war. These acts of violence are kept off-screen and rather they are manifested in the fears and realities of unbearably shy local girl Fausta (Magaly Solier). Fausta has inherited the wartime fears of her mother through her breast milk and goes to extreme measures to protect her safety and sexuality. When her mother dies, Fausta embarks on a frightening journey to the big city and just may finally find herself free from her fears. This film does a remarkable job of expressing the attitudes and memories of those who survived the gruesome Peruvian civil war. The accompanying songs throughout the film are the last touch in this somber, but amazing film.

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  • 80

    Variety

    At first, the picture seems a slow-moving, particularly well-framed ethnographic study of life in the big city in Peru; it only gradually becomes clear that Llosa's second feature ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Solier delivers a performance of ferocious but frustrating reserve.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The Milk of Sorrow is constrained by a rarefied screenplay and a near-mute central performance.

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