Madeinusa (2006)

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A young woman of privilege and a man of no social status meet as a small town prepares to wallow in forbidden pleasure in this satiric drama, the first feature film from writer and director Claudia Llosa. Madeinusa (Magaly Solier) is a young woman whose father, Cayo (Ubaldo Huaman), is the mayor of a small town in the Peruvian Andes. Madeinusa is bright and attractive, but this has caused her more than a few problems; her father clearly favors her over her sister, Chale (Yiliana Chong), and since their mother ran away, Cayo has displayed an inappropriate attraction to Madeinusa. While the town strives to accept modern ways, they still embrace a strange custom that began many years ago -- on Good Friday, after acknowledging the crucifixion of Christ, the townspeople engage in a festival of decadence, with any and all sins permitted following the Savior's death until He rises again on Easter Sunday. As the Holy Day festival of Sin is about to start, Madeinusa happens to meet Salvador (Carlos De La Torre), a vagrant laborer who was passing through town when Cayo's men arrested him. For Madeinusa and Salvador, it's love at first sight, but the bizarre backdrop of the festival of sin makes it difficult for them to get to know one another. Madeinusa received its North American premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Madeinusa

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A familiar clash between old and new is rendered fresh and alive, with an edge of menace that slowly gets under your skin.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Seattle Times
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The assured debut of 29-year-old writer-director Claudia Llosa operates on several different levels.

March 10, 2006
Miami Herald
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A classically made yet personally accented fable about the clash between old and new in a strange Andean village in Peru.

Full Review… | January 31, 2006
Variety
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A coming of age drama with a novel twist.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Well directed yet almost unbearably dull...

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

As roughly constructed as an earthenware jar, the meticulous pacing obstructs suspense, yet it offers an absorbing view of this cultural collision.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Madeinusa

Steeped in an isolated Peruvian village that may or may not exist, the film feels more mythological than actual. The claustrophobia, grinding poverty, superstition, relentless diagetic music, and often surreal imagery with a descent into madness is a wicked brew. It's patient and sneaky. Story details are opaque, often rendered off screen. Who are these actors!? Shades of Bunuel. Unique, difficult, marvelous.

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson
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(*** 1/2): Thumbs Up A super-weird Peruvian film that will stay with you afterward. Well-acted and reminded me a lot of the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

TTT C
TTT C

Its one of those movies I wish I hadnt chose to watch. Should have picked something else. The ending is so unexpected, I dont get it at all. Though its more than just the ending. Movies like this, I just dont get what the whole point was.

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