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80
A rich and imaginative evocation of a family in turmoil.
80
The film is gorgeously shot and contains a plethora of haunting images.
80
Variety
At first, the picture seems a slow-moving, particularly well-framed ethnographic study of life in the big city in Peru; it only gradually becomes clear that Llosa's second feature perfectly aligns form and content.
80
A sweeping theme writ small and somewhat gnarly, The Milk of Sorrow is, as Llosa has written, about "unresolved, violent, personal and collective memory" and a "metaphor for breakdown."
80
Village Voice
In this wonderfully strange, hypnotically beautiful second feature from writer-director Claudia Llosa, the traumatic experience of the 1980s civil war on Peruvian women is passed down through song and, it is said, through their mothers' milk.
75
The Milk Of Sorrow is lousy with allegory, and is often too heavy for its own good.
75
New York Post
Magaly Solier is compelling as the teen. She has little to say, as the camera remains fixated on her expressionless face.
70
Solier delivers a performance of ferocious but frustrating reserve.
60
The transformation that you anticipate never comes; the movie feels strangled.
50
The Milk of Sorrow is constrained by a rarefied screenplay and a near-mute central performance.

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