Leonera (Lion's Den)
Leonera (Lion's Den) (2008)

Writer/director Pablo Trapero crafts this tender tale of an incarcerated woman who gives birth to a baby boy and struggles to raise her son behind bars as she comes to the bleak realization that he is the only one who matters to her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The results are mixed -- a handful of moments of genuine, undeniable power, interspersed with a fair number of listless scenes.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Part meticulous character study, part hyperrealist drama...

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Riveting, harrowing and thoroughly infused with hope and love, this prison drama is so realistic that it's often difficult to watch

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The dimly lit, exquisitely composed cinematography, by Guillermo Nieto, adds to the draw of this highly recommended movie.

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David Fear
Time Out

A portrait of a subculture whose members take pride in walking their kids to the penitentiary's pre-K class.

Peter Bradshaw

Frustratingly, the film tells us little about the crime itself and the denouement is a little unconvincing. The taste of sweat and fear is, however, real enough.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Although it is not a comedy, Lion's Den is suffused with sense of life lived in the present. Even the grimmest moments are not exploited to instill fear and loathing.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Once the film devolves into a drag-down fight for custody with Julia's mother, only Gusman's nuance saves us from a script that seems geared more toward screeching overacting.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Real inmates are extras, real cells provide the scenery: it has the desperate vitality of something barely made-up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Painfully realistic portrayal of one mother's struggle to raise her child in a penitentiary for women. Director Pablo Trapero doesn't pull any… More
Daisy Maduro
Some beautiful movie were coming lately from Argentina and Lion's Den was also one of them. The movie, the characters. the performances and the location,… More
Walter M.
With a scarcely believable ending, "Lion's Den" is a compelling yet episodic movie about Julia(Martina Gusman) who along with Ramiro(Rodrigo… More
Jesse Ortega
I would never say that the film was bad. But until Julia gives birth to her son, the movie is kind of aimless. When it becomes a story about a mother doing… More

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