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The Weeping Woman (2019)

La llorona (original title)
With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against ... See full summary »

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Jayro Bustamante
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Cast overview:
María Mercedes Coroy ... Alma
Sabrina De La Hoz Sabrina De La Hoz ... Natalia
Margarita Kenéfic Margarita Kenéfic ... Carmen
Julio Diaz Julio Diaz ... Enrique
María Telón ... Valeriana
Juan Pablo Olyslager ... Letona
Ayla-Elea Hurtado Ayla-Elea Hurtado ... Sara
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With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the genocide. But he's acquitted through a mistrial and the spirit of La Llorona is unleashed to wander the world like a lost soul amongst the living. At night, Enrique starts to hear her wailing. His wife and daughter believe he's having bouts of Alzheimer's-related dementia. Little could they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not. Written by Film Factory

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Guatemala | France

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Spanish

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19 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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She Comes to Restore Justice from the Deepest Part of the Mountain
21 September 2019 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

The legend of La Llorona in Latin America is of a woman who was abandoned and became a wandering ghost weeping for her children. It is given an unearthly and uniquely Guatemalan twist here. A once fearsome general whose troops committed atrocities under his command is now elderly, frail and charged with genocide. He is declared guilty and yet freed without punishment. Protestors surround his home. At about the same time a mysterious young woman arrives in the household to take a job that no one else will take. She says her home is in the deepest part of the mountain. Unearthly weeping is heard in the night and perhaps justice will be done.

The Weeping Woman is a powerful, surreal film that shook me to my core. It combines history, politics and myth in a spectacular way. Through enthralling dream sequences and eerie, jarring music La Llorona sheds light on injustice and genocide in Guatemala. Nearly half of the country's indigenous community, which is two thirds of the entire population, was killed in the relatively recent bloodshed. Most were children. Writer-director Bustamante wisely does not rub our faces in the genocide. The subject is handled obliquely. Through the general's wife, daughter and granddaughter the film reveals how the unresolved injustices haunt individuals and nation alike. Future generations are affected by the wounds the present generation ignores. Bustamante is the director of Ixcanul, another amazing film. The Weeping Woman won the best film prize at the Venice film festival and I saw it at the Toronto international film festival.


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