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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. Read critic reviews

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A woman suffers from a rare disease.

Cast & Crew

Susi Sánchez
Aída
Efraín Solís
Noé
Marino Ballón
Tío Lúcido
Antolín Prieto
Hijo de Aída
Claudia Llosa
Screenwriter
Antonio Chavarrías
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Selma Mutal
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Natasha Braier
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Critic Reviews for The Milk of Sorrow

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (9)

  • 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).

    June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 2, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Milk of Sorrow" is constrained by a rarefied screenplay and a near-mute central performance.

    August 27, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Claudia Llosa, the director and co-writer, favors wide shots and long takes, which lend an air of realism to the beautifully shot allegory.

    August 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 26, 2010 | Rating: B
  • Trauma is buried and rarely alluded to in this quiet slice of magical realism -- but there's no denying the pain when it comes.

    August 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Milk of Sorrow

  • Oct 09, 2012
    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 and drawn out tale of the girl trying to raise money to bury her mother's corpse in her native village; it's most interesting for its peek at Peruvian folk beliefs and customs, including an unusual use for potatoes.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    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 explained by her usual nosebleeds. At the hospital, she is diagnosed with a potato in her vagina and does not want to be treated. As she tells her uncle Locido(Marino Ballon), she heard a story about a woman who did the same during the terror and was not raped. Fausta probably heard the story from her mother(Lucy Noriega), now deceased, who she has to find the funds to bury in her native village. To do so, Fausta gets a job at the Big House but does not get an advance on her wages. What easily could have been on the level of a very silly episode of "House," instead turns out to be an understated allegory of Peru that is admittedly more than a little predictable. On the one hand, everybody seems to be getting married, leading to a worldwide fabric shortage and most people with little spending money. Or they are people like Fausta who carry the psychic baggage of past generations around with them. She is haunted from songs her mother used to sing, not transmitted through breast milk, which just goes to show you that there is some truth in myths.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 dimensions. Poetic writing, lush photography and a telling cinematography of rich local Peruvian colors.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2010
    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 to the following generations, and it relies on a beautiful performance by Magaly Solier.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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