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The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
"La teta asustada" (original title)

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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »

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Fausta
Susi Sánchez ...
Aída
Efraín Solís ...
Noé
Bárbara Lazón ...
Delci Heredia ...
Carmela
Karla Heredia ...
Severina
Fernando Caycho ...
Melvin
Miller Revilla Chengay ...
Melvincito
Spencer Salazar ...
Jonathan
Summy Lapa ...
Chicho
María del Pilar Guerrero ...
Máxima
Leandro Mostorino ...
Jhonny
Anita Chaquiri ...
Abuela
Edward Llungo ...
Marcos
Daniel Núñez ...
Amadeo
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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this disease, she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother's footsteps. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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A journey from fear to freedom.

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$1,914 (USA) (27 August 2010)

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$10,376 (USA) (24 September 2010)
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Magaly Solier used to be a street seller of Puca picante (Andean treat) before she was discovered by Claudia Llosa in 2005 while looking for extras fro Madeinusa (her first film). Now she's a recognized actress and talented singer. See more »

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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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Tapón
Music by Magaly Solier
Lyrics by Claudia Llosa
Performed by Magaly Solier
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31 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Milk of Sorrow refers to the belief in Peru of the passing of a pregnant woman's suffering to her infant through her breast milk. Fausta is subjected to the violence of the military and the Shining Path radical group during the unrest of the 1980s

Fausta is a poor woman living in the mountains of Peru whose mother has died and because she cannot afford a burial, she puts her under a bed with a wedding dress on top of the dearly departed mom. Fausta was told repeatedly as a child growing up, of her mother's gang rape. She was never sure who her father was. As a result of the trauma, Fausta has inserted a potato into her vagina as a protection against rape; I am not making this up.

Fausta is hired by a wealthy pianist to work as a servant. The employer hears her singing songs learned from her mother. She offers her a beads from a broken necklace, but when the woman repeats the music at a concert and receives applause, she fires Fausta without giving her the pearls promised. Magaky Solier plays Fausta in a very subdued, low key manner, which fits the cold and dark tone of the film. The subject matter is grim, but it is based on reality, so expect ninety four minutes of a sad but compelling story.


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