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789 Ratings

The Milk of Sorrow

La teta asustada

Directed by Claudia Llosa
Peru, Spain, 2009
Drama, Music


Fausta, we are told, suffers from ‘the milk of sorrow’, a melancholy transmitted through her mother’s breast milk. For Fausta’s mother, like many in her village, was raped during the years of Peru’s bloody civil conflict in the 1980s, and Fausta still lives with the consequences of the violence.

Our take

Intimate, political, and quietly sublime, The Milk of Sorrow is a beautifully shot story about female identity in war-torn Peru. Emotionally affective all along, the film earned young director Claudia Llosa the first nomination to the Academy Awards for a Peruvian film. Plus a Golden Bear!

The Milk of Sorrow Directed by Claudia Llosa

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2009 | 3 wins including: Golden Bear

Academy Awards

2010 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year



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