The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 5, 2019
Ultimately it feels underdeveloped, done in by its own latent impenetrability, doggedly holding its audience at arms length.
August 9, 2018
Some people have to be so brave just to live a normal life. What makes The Milk of Sorrow special is that, without being overbearing or explicit, Fausta's struggles to do just that can be seen as a metaphor for the struggles of Peru itself.
June 20, 2015
Ably gives voice to a period in history almost completely invisible to the world at large.
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).
September 7, 2010
The surface of Llosa's film may be placid, but the undercurrent of emotion is strong. She demonstrates exquisite control.
August 27, 2010
In due course, the painstakingly composed cinematography seduces the viewer.
August 27, 2010
A troubling Peruvian film about how violence lingers in the minds, bodies, and souls of its victims.
August 27, 2010
Heavily allegorical, frequently impenetrable and ultimately frustrating.
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.
August 26, 2010
An affecting, gracefully crafted Peruvian film that struggles to breathe under the weight of too much allegory and symbolism.
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.
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.
August 18, 2010
Monotonous.
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.
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