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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.


Pablo Trapero
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martina Gusman ... Julia
Guadalupe Rébora Guadalupe Rébora ... Amiga 1
Francisco Marquez ... Doble de Ramiro herido
Roberto Maciel Roberto Maciel ... Abogado de Oficio
Walter Cignoli Walter Cignoli ... Perito Psicólogo
Ricardo Ragendorfer Ricardo Ragendorfer ... Juez de instrucción (as Ricardo Raguendorfer)
Marta Vera Marta Vera ... Jefa de celadores
Alejandra Neyra Alejandra Neyra ... Médica
Laura García Laura García ... Marta
Alexander Salazar Alexander Salazar ... Niño Pabellón
Florencia Ponce Florencia Ponce ... Interna Pabellón (as Flor Ponce)
Lorena Miño Lorena Miño ... Interna Pabellón
Yolanda Veres Yolanda Veres ... Interna Pabellón
Blanca Cardozo Blanca Cardozo ... Interna Susana
Roxana Quineche Roxana Quineche ... Interna pelea


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


Crime | Drama


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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. See more »


El Regalo de mi Viejo
Written by Juan Jose Soza
Performed by Juan Jose Soza and Miguel Machado
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Women in Prison Movie Dardenne Brothers style
15 June 2009 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

The women in prison genre is often associated with cat-calling girl-fights and the guilty pleasure to the audience of women talking dirty and acting, actions supposed to be the purview of Tarzan aping men. Trapero's Leonera offers something else, an inquisition into how a life behind bars can change the human psyche and create a bond between a child and a mother. Echoing the early movies of the French New Wave that placed the gyneco-issues front and center and the point of view objectivity of the Dardenne Brothers, it is a worthy addition to what can be called the post-modern woman's picture. What is it like to give birth to your child behind bars? To have your child taken away, the rejoinder and enjoinder are all explored. With a wonderful performance by Martina Gusman, it is another worthy canon to 21st Century Argentine cinema.

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Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Argentina) See more »

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Aslan ini See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,484, 5 July 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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