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Madeinusa (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 2006 (Germany)
14-year-old Madeinusa comes of age during the Easter festivities of her tiny, isolated village.

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Claudia Llosa

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Claudia Llosa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Magaly Solier ... Madeinusa
Carlos J. de la Torre ... Salvador
Yiliana Chong Yiliana Chong ... Chale
Juan Ubaldo Huamán Juan Ubaldo Huamán ... Cayo
Melvin Quijada Melvin Quijada ... Mauro
Vicento Llauca Trejo Vicento Llauca Trejo ... Relojero
Kike Ortiz Kike Ortiz ... El Murdo
Hermelinda Luján Hermelinda Luján ... Comadrona Margarita
Enriqueta Valdiviano Enriqueta Valdiviano ... The Singing Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eliazar Aquino Eliazar Aquino ... Transvestite
Luis Gonzales Luis Gonzales ... Old Man
Antonio Morales Antonio Morales ... Presentador
Daniel Ocano Paucar Daniel Ocano Paucar ... Ciego que canta
Teresa Villanueve Teresa Villanueve ... Relojero's Wife
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Madeinusa is a 14-year-old girl with a sweet Indian face. She lives in an isolated village in Peru's Cordillera Blanca Mountain range, a strange place characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, everyone in the village can do whatever they want. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa, her sister Chale, and their father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima who will unknowingly change the girl's destiny. Written by mad_janssen

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Country:

Peru | Spain

Language:

Spanish | Quechua

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Pienet neitsyet See more »

Filming Locations:

Peru

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Madeinusa: He can't see us. It's Holy Time. He can't see us.
Salvador: Who?
Madeinusa: God. He's dead. He can't see us. He's dead. He's dead until Sunday.
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I think this is the worst film I've ever seen.
25 January 2008 | by eastofwestSee all my reviews

I'm not saying it was badly made. It was carefully crafted, the cinematography was beautiful, the fictional world was fully realized. But the experience of watching it was just...*horrible*.

I felt sick, during and long after. Yes, that made it very "edgy," but I can't think of a single redeeming thing about this film. Why such depravity? What was the viewer supposed to take away from it? Why explore such hideous characters in such depth? For what purpose? For the outsider, it presents the most damning picture of rural Peruvian life. Perhaps Peruvians found in it some kind of useful cultural commentary? It's hard to imagine. Watching kittens being skinned alive wouldn't have afforded any more pleasure.


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