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Leonera (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 May 2008 (Argentina)
An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison.

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Ramiro
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Marta
Tomás Plotinsky ...
Tomás VI (as Tomas Plotinsky)
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Ugo Casman
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Perito Psicólogo
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Doble de Ramiro herido
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Interna enbarazada
Nancy Paredes ...
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Ricardo Ragendorfer ...
Juez de Instrucción (as Ricardo Raguendorfer)
Guadalupe Rébora ...
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Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it deals with Julia and her son, Tomas, born inside an Argentinean prison. Written by Anonymous

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Motherhood Behind Bars

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29 May 2008 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Aslan ini  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,484, 5 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,689, 11 October 2009
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When Julia and Tomas enter paraguayan territory the flag is upside down, Paraguay's flag is red above, white in the middle and blue in the bottom. See more »

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El Bombon
Written by Juan Baena
Performed by Los Palmeras
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Women in Prison Movie Dardenne Brothers style
15 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

The women in prison genre is often associated with cat-calling girl-fights and the guilty pleasure to the audience of women talking dirty and acting, actions supposed to be the purview of Tarzan aping men. Trapero's Leonera offers something else, an inquisition into how a life behind bars can change the human psyche and create a bond between a child and a mother. Echoing the early movies of the French New Wave that placed the gyneco-issues front and center and the point of view objectivity of the Dardenne Brothers, it is a worthy addition to what can be called the post-modern woman's picture. What is it like to give birth to your child behind bars? To have your child taken away, the rejoinder and enjoinder are all explored. With a wonderful performance by Martina Gusman, it is another worthy canon to 21st Century Argentine cinema.


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