The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
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The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
Director Claudia Llosa follows her award-winning feature directorial debut, Madeinusa, with this stark meditation on a grim period of South American history in which approximately 70,000 people were murdered between the years 1980 and 2000. Fausta (Magaly Solier) has fallen ill with a disease passed down from mother to daughter through breast milk. But Fausta's affliction isn't biological; it strictly affects Peruvian women who were raped or abused during those two terrible decades of persecution. While those days are long gone, Fausta stands as a living reminder of the horrors that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"The metaphors are so crystal-clear and the story unfolds at such a deliberate, often infuriatingly slow pace that the impact of the drama is muted."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Trauma is buried and rarely alluded to in this quiet slice of magical realism -- but there's no denying the pain when it comes."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Llosa, daughter of the author Mario Vargas Llosa, employs symbolism so overwrought, her material might well have been better served as a text-even given the film's abundant visual virtues (particularly its spectacular use of landscape)."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"A troubling Peruvian film about how violence lingers in the minds, bodies, and souls of its victims."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An affecting, gracefully crafted Peruvian film that struggles to breathe under the weight of too much allegory and symbolism."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
"Claudia Llosa, the director and co-writer, favors wide shots and long takes, which lend an air of realism to the beautifully shot allegory."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The movie, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, is littered with unforgettable images of incongruity, destruction, and, finally, healing."
‑ Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"The surface of Llosa's film may be placid, but the undercurrent of emotion is strong. She demonstrates exquisite control."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Heavily allegorical, frequently impenetrable and ultimately frustrating."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It is to Llosa's great credit that she has infused Fausta's awakening with dignity, and made her of a time, place, and conception not to be confused with any other."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"The Milk Of Sorrow is about a country dealing with old wounds and old divisions, and it's about how sometimes it can be easier to cling to pain than to move past it."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Llosa tenderly documents the slow, surreal process of both personal and community rehabilitation in a film which seeks to lay to rest a nation's civil war grief."
‑ India Bourke, Time Out
"In due course, the painstakingly composed cinematography seduces the viewer."
‑ Kent Turner,
"An evocative character study painting a grim, if visually-captivating, portrait of a tormented soul suffering in silence while delivering a powerful message about the consequences of rape radiating across generations like ripples on a pond."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"If you accurately described each scene, you'd have a book of poetry. That's how detailed and vivid are The Milk of Sorrow's rhythms."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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