The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 20, 2015
Ably gives voice to a period in history almost completely invisible to the world at large.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
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).
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
September 7, 2010
The surface of Llosa's film may be placid, but the undercurrent of emotion is strong. She demonstrates exquisite control.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kent Turner
August 27, 2010
In due course, the painstakingly composed cinematography seduces the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2010
A troubling Peruvian film about how violence lingers in the minds, bodies, and souls of its victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
August 27, 2010
Heavily allegorical, frequently impenetrable and ultimately frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
August 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
August 26, 2010
An affecting, gracefully crafted Peruvian film that struggles to breathe under the weight of too much allegory and symbolism.
Michelle Orange
August 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Armond White
New York Press
August 25, 2010
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
The movie, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, is littered with unforgettable images of incongruity, destruction, and, finally, healing.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 18, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
(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.
Prairie Miller
June 28, 2010
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.
May 17, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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