PERU, Spain | 93 minutes | 2009

Fausta, a young Peruvian woman, suffers from “the milk of sorrow,” a very rare condition transmitted through mother’s milk. She is reclusive by nature, but when her mother dies she must leave her uncle’s house for her home village. In her second feature film, Claudia Llosa relates the heartbreaking story of a cursed heroine who gradually frees herself from her past traumas. This captivating, poetic work about reclaiming dignity is set in a rural Peru that has never fully recovered from the bloody guerrilla warfare of the 1970s through 1990s.
35mm copy - as part of the tribute to K-Films Amérique's 25 years anniversary
ERRATUM: The film was previously scheduled at 5:15pm in Cinémathèque Fernand-Seguin.

"The movie, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, is littered with unforgettable images of incongruity, destruction, and, finally, healing." Village Voice
"If you accurately described each scene, you'd have a book of poetry. That's how detailed and vivid are The Milk of Sorrow's rhythms." NY Press

Golden Bear & FIPRESCI Award - Berlin Film Festival 2009

Academy Awards nomination for best foreign feature


Sunday October 20, 2019

Program #265
Cinémathèque - Salle Principale

Claudia Llosa

No biography

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Claudia Llosa
  • Producer Delia García
  • Cast Magaly Solier, Marino Ballón, Susi Sánchez

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