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The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) Reviews

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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).

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
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.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

September 7, 2010
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 2, 2010
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

In due course, the painstakingly composed cinematography seduces the viewer.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A troubling Peruvian film about how violence lingers in the minds, bodies, and souls of its victims.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Claudia Llosa, the director and co-writer, favors wide shots and long takes, which lend an air of realism to the beautifully shot allegory.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2010
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Heavily allegorical, frequently impenetrable and ultimately frustrating.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2010
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

August 26, 2010
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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 26, 2010
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International

An affecting, gracefully crafted Peruvian film that struggles to breathe under the weight of too much allegory and symbolism.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 26, 2010
Michelle Orange
Movieline

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.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 8/10

August 26, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

August 25, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Trauma is buried and rarely alluded to in this quiet slice of magical realism -- but there's no denying the pain when it comes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 25, 2010
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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The movie, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, is littered with unforgettable images of incongruity, destruction, and, finally, healing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 24, 2010
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Monotonous.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 0.5/5

August 18, 2010
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

(Director Claudia Llosa's) ability to articulate the complexities of the story, with its aesthetic and spiritual dimensions, is extraordinary for such a new talent.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

A potato, whether metaphorical or not, would have conveyed far more meaning on a dinner plate of the poor, than inside a female orifice. And if the protagonist is meant to be distanced and alienated from history, must the filmmaker do so too.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 28, 2010

Necessarily sombre in style, but with flashes of magic-realism sprinkled throughout, director Claudia Llosa makes admirable attempts to find beauty in her protagonist's upsetting circumstances...

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

There can be no more beautifully shot or perfectly framed film out in London at the moment than Claudia Liosa's allegorical tale.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Infused with local colour, this Peruvian film finds real resonance in its light handling of a personal journey. Without overstating its themes or sentimentalising the drama, filmmaker Llosa tells a story we'll never forget.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
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