Rent The Milk of Sorrow (2009)

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1h 34min
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Following Peru's war on terrorism, Fausta's relatives believe she suffers from The Milk of Sorrow, a condition transmitted by her Mother, who was violated and mistreated during the country's upheaval. The war has ended but Fausta lives to be constantly reminded of her condition of fear. The sudden death of her mother forces Fausta to confront these fears and question the peculiar measures her mother took to protect her daughter from a similar fate. The Milk of Sorrow is the story of a search for re-awakening and a journey from fear to freedom.
, , Efraín Solís, Bárbara Lazón, Delci Heredia, Karla Heredia, Fernando Caycho, Miller Revilla Chengay, Spencer Salazar, Summy Lapa, María del Pilar Guerrero, Leandro Mostorino, Anita Chaquiri, Edward Llungo, , Lucy Noriega, Yostin Caycho, Anthony Caycho, , Doris María Ramírez
Claudia Llosa
La Teta asustada

2009 Berlinale Golden Bear

2009 Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize

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Run Time:
94 minutes
Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Trailer
  • Second feature Madeinusa
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the bonus film:
- Madeinusa

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Reviews (2) of The Milk of Sorrow

The high desert plateau of love - The Milk of Sorrow review by joannajuki

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This film had an atmosphere of tremendous calm and gentleness, joy and celebration in the meso-American culture. Part I, however, was over-the-borderline weird, as the plot revolved around Fausta having believed that she could ward off the horror of war-rape, by inserting a potato into her vagina. Part II was much stronger, better plotted and more moving. It becomes clear that after her mother's death Fausta is a victim of familial sexual abuse from her father, and in a mutually caustic relationship with her more cynical sister - (the weird hasn't entirely dissipated).

She has now grown a little older and wiser,and falls in love, only to sacrifice it all for a material possession, a simple, single piece of jewellery. She is irrationally attached to this gem, and loses everything - even her personal honor.

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Facing horror with humour - The Milk of Sorrow review by PW

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What an unexpected delight. The film begins in darkness in every sense of the word and follows the travails of Fausta, who has both had trauma told to her and possibly experienced it since childhood. But using magic realism and performances from Meso Americans who are not trained actors we are transported to their culture and come away with a real sense of hope.

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