Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »

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Claudia Llosa

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Claudia Llosa
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Magaly Solier ... Fausta
Susi Sánchez ... Aída
Efraín Solís Efraín Solís ... Noé
Bárbara Lazón Bárbara Lazón ... Perpetua
Delci Heredia Delci Heredia ... Carmela
Karla Heredia Karla Heredia ... Severina
Fernando Caycho Fernando Caycho ... Melvin
Miller Revilla Chengay Miller Revilla Chengay ... Melvincito
Spencer Salazar Spencer Salazar ... Jonathan
Summy Lapa Summy Lapa ... Chicho
María del Pilar Guerrero María del Pilar Guerrero ... Máxima
Leandro Mostorino Leandro Mostorino ... Jhonny
Anita Chaquiri Anita Chaquiri ... Abuela
Edward Llungo Edward Llungo ... Marcos
Daniel Núñez Daniel Núñez ... Amadeo
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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this disease, she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother's footsteps. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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A journey from fear to freedom.

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Drama | Music

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Peru's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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Sirena
Music by Selma Mutal
Lyrics by Claudia Llosa
Performed by Magaly Solier
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A masterpiece by Claudia Llosa
7 March 2010 | by dg-opSee all my reviews

Young director Claudia Llosa (Madeinusa) has won the Golden Bear and a dozen of other prizes around the world for her second work, The frightened tit, its original Spanish tittle.

Though the plot itself may seem awkward, the movie is a group of 95 minutes rich and beautiful images. The pearls, the potato, the dog, the wedding, the impoverished suburban Lima, everything is accurately directed and carefully thought by Ms. Llosa.

Fausta (outstanding Magaly Solier) is suffering from The frightened tit, an illness that she caught through her mother's breast-milk since her pregnancy happened during the 1980s and 90s terrorism and State violence in the Andes. Now in Lima, Fausta is afraid, she's put a potato in her vagina in order to protect her from being raped, and after her mother dies she finally has to deal with the real life and face her fears,starting to work in a high- class house as a made.

The plot of the movie is fictitious, but it lies on a cruel and past reality of Peru's modern history, combining it with a delicate halo of surrealism, magic realism and sometimes ironic humor. The image of the potato -all time Peruvian ingredient for cuisine- involves the subject of a war and a fear that affected an entire country, though our differences may not accept it yet. The scenes in Fausta's home are the opposite where she works: though the high-class house is in the same impoverished area (another reference to Peruvian social differences), over there is no gray, no dust: there are plants, color, life.

At the end, Fausta realizes that in the root of her fears is the solution of them. The movie, indeed, is presented as a cure for the unhealed wounds of a terrible and recent war that happened on Peruvian soil.


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Country:

Spain | Peru

Language:

Spanish | Quechua

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Teta Assustada See more »

Filming Locations:

Lima, Peru

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,914, 29 August 2010

Gross USA:

$10,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,557,750
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1.85 : 1
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