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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.
The Hollywood Reporter
The film is gorgeously shot and contains a plethora of haunting images.
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."
A rich and imaginative evocation of a family in turmoil.
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.
Magaly Solier is compelling as the teen. She has little to say, as the camera remains fixated on her expressionless face.
The Milk Of Sorrow is lousy with allegory, and is often too heavy for its own good.
Solier delivers a performance of ferocious but frustrating reserve.
Time Out New York
The transformation that you anticipate never comes; the movie feels strangled.
The New York Times
The Milk of Sorrow is constrained by a rarefied screenplay and a near-mute central performance.

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