Leonera (Lion's Den) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Leonera (Lion's Den)
The results are mixed -- a handful of moments of genuine, undeniable power, interspersed with a fair number of listless scenes.
The dimly lit, exquisitely composed cinematography, by Guillermo Nieto, adds to the draw of this highly recommended movie.
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.
A portrait of a subculture whose members take pride in walking their kids to the penitentiary's pre-K class.
Audience Reviews for Leonera (Lion's Den)
Painfully realistic portrayal of one mother's struggle to raise her child in a penitentiary for women. Director Pablo Trapero doesn't pull any punches and Martina Gusman's performance is utterly fantastic.
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, all were amazing. It was not only a movie about a mother's struggle to raise her child in a prison, but it was more then only that. The movie was about mothers love and her struggle to prove her innocence to raise her child outside the prison. Presenting the movie scenes in a prison with background prison noises created an atmosphere which made this movie more real. What was remarkable in this movie the prison guards which usually were presented as brutal and heartless human beings, were in this movie touching and caring people. A real jewel from Argentina. Worth a watch.
Kinda average, with average acting. It just shows you the harsh life in prison over therrr, with lesbians grabbing your tits in the shower and all.
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