The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Claudia Llosa's deliberate pace and abstract storytelling may frustrate some viewers, but there's no denying the visual pleasures soaking in The Milk of Sorrow.

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Trauma is buried and rarely alluded to in this quiet slice of magical realism -- but there's no denying the pain when it comes.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Ably gives voice to a period in history almost completely invisible to the world at large.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Claudia Llosa, the director and co-writer, favors wide shots and long takes, which lend an air of realism to the beautifully shot allegory.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

The movie, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, is littered with unforgettable images of incongruity, destruction, and, finally, healing.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

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).

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

India Bourke
Time Out

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.

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

The surface of Llosa's film may be placid, but the undercurrent of emotion is strong. She demonstrates exquisite control.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A poignant allegorical drama centered on the belief that the trauma experienced by the many women raped during the years of terrorism in Peru has been passed on… More
Walter M.
While participating in the rehearsal for her cousin Maxima's(Maria del Pilar Guerrero) wedding, Fausta(Magaly Solier) falls so ill that it cannot be… More
Greg S
A Peruvian girl believes that her raped mother's sorrow was transferred to her through breast milk. That intriguing premise is somewhat wasted in a slow… More
John Me
"The milk of sorrow" is believed to be a disease she contracted through drinking her mother's breast milk, and has caused her soul to be lost.… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
The Milk Of Sorrow develops a complex story of abuse and recovery inspired by the events in Peruvian history circa 1980 to 1992 with aesthetic and metaphorical… More
Kyle S
Very emotional film, filled with symbolism and beautiful cinematography. Good performance from Magaly Solier as well.