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.
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really for to contemplate this beautiful masterpiece, you need a grounding inserted in historical and mythical andida culture. chronicles a social fact in Peru, presents a symbolic richness of a people traditional - without this light, the film loses its sense. therefore, one 'gringo', one foreign, hardly could to understand. is required to go beyond, see from the inside out ...
Not for everyone, this is a slow burning movie that might alienate most people. It is a poetic view on a somewhat bizarre story, it almost feels like a light movie on a big-heavy subject. It could've been a disaster (and I'm pretty sure most people will think it is), but it's direction and editing are great, as are all the leading actors.
Solier's performance as a young woman stunted by her fear of the past as she's exploited in the present is mesmerizing. Yet as we root for Fausta's empowerment, the film "leaves you wanting to be jolted a bit more, hungry for greater intensity and momentum. The Milk of Sorrow is accomplished but a bit diffuse, something you admire more than you feel in your bones." (Film Journal). Llosa's own restraint binds us. 3.5
I really don't know what to think of Llosa's intentions here, was she trying to make a serious portrait of her country or what?, because the movie itself borders on art-house camp most of the time without anything of value in its mind other than exploiting the hypocrisies of the audience. Still, I'm not saying this is a bad movie, it's just a very disquieting one.
Los "aborigenes" peruanos (o ciudadanos como prefiero decirlo yo) no nos sentimos ofendidos. Hubo alguna controversia acerca de la veracidad del film (lo cual esta fuera de cuadro pues como cualquier película, esta es una ficción) pero no más que ello. En todo caso, personalmente prefiero el primer film de Llosa.