The Milk of Sorrow

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
The terrorisation of Peruvian women during the Shining Path campaigns of the 1980s is the troubling background to Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s frank, free-floating drama about the power of folk myth on young minds. As a dying woman sings of being gang raped and forced to eat the severed penis of her dead lover, we learn that her chronically demure daughter Fausta (Magaly Solier) has a potato lodged in her vagina as a crude form of contraception. Influenced by traditional songs and rituals, Faustina is repulsed by men, and the film tells of a gradual relaxing of sexual tensions within her as she attempts to bankroll her late mother’s funeral by working for a neurotic female composer. Concentrating on the implications of honouring family tradition as well as the occasional hokiness of those same traditions, Llosa sensitively captures the deep-rooted poetry of this system of beliefs while allowing us the space to assess its cultural and spiritual merits.

By: David Jenkins



Release details

Release date:
Friday April 30 2010
100 mins

Cast and crew

Claudia Llosa
Claudia Llosa
Magaly Solier
Susi Sanchez
Efrain Solis
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