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Leonera (2008)

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

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Pablo Trapero
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Cast

Credited cast:
Martina Gusman ... Julia
Elli Medeiros ... Sofia
Rodrigo Santoro ... Ramiro
Laura García Laura García ... Marta
Tomás Plotinsky Tomás Plotinsky ... Tomás VI (as Tomas Plotinsky)
Leonardo Sauma Leonardo Sauma ... Ugo Casman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Cignoli Walter Cignoli ... Perito Psicólogo
Federico Esquerro Federico Esquerro ... Psicologo de Penal
Roberto Maciel Roberto Maciel ... Abogado de Oficio
Francisco Marquez Francisco Marquez ... Doble de Ramiro herido
Paula Morales Paula Morales ... Interna enbarazada
Nancy Paredes Nancy Paredes ... Personal penitenciario
Roxana Quineche Roxana Quineche ... Interna pelea
Ricardo Ragendorfer Ricardo Ragendorfer ... Juez de Instrucción (as Ricardo Raguendorfer)
Guadalupe Rébora Guadalupe Rébora ... Amiga
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Aslan ini See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,484, 5 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,689, 11 October 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in real prisons and many actors are real prisoners. See more »

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Duermete Niño
Written by Pity Álvarez (as Cristian "Pity" Álvarez)
Performed by Intoxicados
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Confused but also Engaging
24 August 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Buenos Aires, the independent college student Julia Zárate (Martina Gusman) awakes in her apartment with gore everywhere and her lover Nahuel stabbed and his lover Ramiro (Rodrigo Santoro) covered of blood but still alive. Julia is pregnant and is sent to a special wing in the prison with mothers and pregnant prisoners to wait for trial. Julia befriends Marta (Laura Garcia), who has two children and helps her to understand motherhood and life in prison. Julia delivers Tomás (Tomas Plotinsky) and sooner her mother tries to kidnap her grandson, causing a rebellion in Julia's wing. When Ramiro, who was also Julia's lover, accuses her of murdering Nahuel, her expectation of raising Tomás is frustrated.

Movies about prison are usually interesting and in this regard "Leonera" is engaging. I do not recall any other movie of this theme showing a mother raising her son in this environment, especially in a Third World country. The humanity of the guards in the Argentinean prison surprises. However, the screenplay of "Leonera" is a complete mess in the development of the lead character Julia. If this story was based on a true event, I could understand the non-conclusive situation; however, it is fictional and there are many flaws in Julia's character and the most obvious is whether she is guilty or innocent. The viewer never knows if she killed her lover Nahuel or not. Then she rejects her baby and tries to provoke an abortion, hitting her womb several times; why she changes her behavior after the birth of Tomás is again never clear. I recall that one prisoner tells her that the wing where she is imprisoned is totally different from the rest of the prison. Last but not the least, her triangle of love with Nahuel and Ramiro is extremely confused, considering that Ramiro is the lover of Nahuel. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Leonera"


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