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Lion's Den (Leonera) (2009)

Martina Gusman , Elli Medeiros , Pablo Trapero  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Laura Garcia
  • Directors: Pablo Trapero
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N7SX84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lion's Den (Leonera)" on IMDb

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After Julia is sent to the penitentiary for the murder of her lover, she gives birth to a son. Bringing up a child in prison is difficult. Her fellow inmate Marta becomes her ally; her mother Sofía, her opponent. One attempts to teach her how to be a mother to her child in the least appropriate place; the other wishes to take over rearing the child. The duel between Julia and her mother expresses the dilemma of what is better for the child, to be brought up next to his mother in prison, or without her, but in freedom.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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When I chose to buy Lion's Den after having seen only the trailer I was mostly interested in seeing another culture's take on the 'women behind bars' movie. I got way more than I expected. This is not the stereotypical story of a women's prison. In fact, it's not about the prison at all. It's about the women. They're all real people, no all black or all white characters. The plot is not cut and dried. The guards, the prisoners, the families, the lawyers all are very human and it's not always easy to decide whose side you should be on, despite how you feel. Things are done very differently than they would be in an American prison. But that's not the story. The story is about a woman in prison for a crime she may or may not have committed and her desperation to keep her son with her. It's tough, tender real story that will stay with you long after it's over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked March 19, 2010
This was such an intriguing film! It was very refreshing to see a film that wasn't cut and dried right and wrong. It was real and raw and realistic in the portral of the situation. Well acted, with emotions you could feel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Young adults are vulnerable...they can be in the midst of dangerous situations, but be clueless until everything tumbles down like cinder blocks upon their head. The main character is a young women who loves a man who loves another man. One of the men ends up dead and the other critically wounded. Our young woman is convicted of the murder, imprisoned, and and at the same time, learns that she is pregnant. Estranged from her family, the father of her baby dead, she is alone in this nightmare. But the heart of the movie is how the woman finds a new kind of family in the culture of this women's prison--a unique prison because all of the women are mothers who are allowed to have their babies/toddlers with them. In their confinement,the women are family to each other. They help each other raise their children. They comfort each other in times of loss and grief. They turn to each other for love in the broadest sense. Our girl grows into a woman in prison. She is fiercely protective of her little son and fiercely loyal to her friends. But when her "real" family comes to visit her, they have an agenda that does not include her. That's all I can say. See the movie to learn 'the rest of the story'.
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By hredzak
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*** In Spanish with English Subtitles ***

Julia Zarate (Martina Gusman, the director's wife) has just woken up to a murder scene in her apartment. Her boyfriend and HIS boyfriend are a bloody mess and the place is wrecked. Her hands are bloody... and she's pregnant. One of them is the father- the dead one (Nahuel), or so that's what Julia claims. The other (Ramiro) survives and he's only looking out for himself. Off to prison she goes while awaiting her trial. Who's guilty?

Finding out doesn't really seem to be a huge concern of the film. It's more about Julia's life in prison as she comes to term, gives birth, and raises her child in this special prison wing with other mothers and their children. It's said that mothers are permitted to keep their children with them in prison until the age of four. As time passes, we see how life is here... and it's not like any prison you can think up. There is indeed a gray bleakness about the walls and bars and such. But it's contrasted by family life and children running about. Toys are all over the place. Children climbing the bars like monkey bars. Kindergarten time. Women can come and go around the place. It's like daycare.

In the midst of this odd setting, Julia is the new mess on board. Initially, she looks quite a bit like Angelina Jolie's Lisa from Girl Interrupted. She's quite attractive and watching her is a very intriguing aspect of watching this film. And she's mad. She claims to have no family... she seems to have been abandoned by her mother. Definitely exploited by her boyfriend and his boyfriend in that weird little triangle. And she doesn't want this baby (at first). But have it she does...
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