Milk of Sorrow
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Llosa observes the social realities of Latin America (post-colonialism, class division, political violence), but avoids providing facile solutions. Instead, she focuses her attention on Fausta's more personal need for spiritual freedom. She does so with quiet, subtle humor and an eye for striking, poetic imagery.
I highly recommend watching this Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the Berlin International Film Festival.
"The Milk of Sorrow" (95 min.; originally released in 2009) is a very moving film out of Peru in which we follow Pausta, a yung woman who is grieving the death of her mother and trying to figure out a way to get her mother out of Lima to her village so that she can be properly buried. Fausta is very suspicious of people around her, in particular men, for reaspns that become clear in the movie. In order to raise the necessary funds for the burial of her mother, Fausta takes a job as a housekeeper. Will Fausta find a way out and get her mom the burial she needs? Will she overcome her daily fears? You'll just have to see for yourself how it plays out.
This is a very good movie, and very moving as well. Magaly Solier, in the role of Fausta, is a true discovery. I plan on seeking out more movies from this up-and-coming actress. Meanwhile "The Milk of Sorrow" is highly recommended!
This isn't a film for every or anyone. It is slow paced, with an array of background weddings and celebrations that contrast to the dismal and psychological life of a young girl, who is making financial attempts to bury her mother. The film is with plenty of metaphor and symbolic meanings.
The opening scene sets the mood for the film, an old lady lay dying, and she sings the song that reveals her past. In the earlier days of Peru, with its hardened violence, women especially endured multiple rapings, as much as 30 in one night, that resulted in pregnancy. During the pregnancy, it was believed that the traumatic experience was passed on to the child through the breast milk... therefore titled, the Milk of Sorrow.
Faustina, a beautiful young woman, has just lost her mother, and has feared for her own life, not wanting to experience what her mother did. Faustina has implanted a potato inside her vagina to ward off any male intruders.
To afford her mother a respectable burial, Faustina takes a job within a wealthier home where the matron, a pianist, encourages and rewards Faustina to sing and she gives her pearls. The relationship is strange and we never quite absorb the nature of these two.
Opposite the depressing images, the brown, dirt countryside, with picturesque views, if you like the blandness of the country. Juxtaposed to the stoic, cold, and depressing Faustina, the viewer is presented with several celebrations of happiness, weddings.Read more ›
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A little hidden jewel from peruvian cinema. Amazing cinematography by Natasha Braier. Was nominated to best foreign film Oscar in the year 2010.Published on August 20, 2012 by Film lover
The unbearable memory of her dead mother accompany Fausta, a girl almost mute, aloof from the crowding world, with this pain in the bootom of her soul. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela