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La teta asustada (2009)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,914, 29 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,376, 26 September 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Magaly Solier used to sell Puca picante (Andean treat) in the street before she was discovered by Claudia Llosa in 2005 while looking for extras for Madeinusa (her first film). Now she's a recognized actress and talented singer. See more »

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Sirena
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Exotic but Boring and Unpleasant
18 July 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Fausta Isidora (Magaly Solier) is a weird young woman that lives permanently scared in a poor community in Lima. Her mother was raped by many men when she was pregnant of Fausta, and raised her daughter with a morbid fear of men. When her mother dies, Fausta has a bleeding and faints. Her uncle takes her to the doctor that finds that she keeps a potato inside her vagina to protect her against intercourse. Her uncle tells to the doctor that in accordance with the lore of the locals, she has a disease called "La Teta Assustada" (meaning "The Frightened Teat" in English) transmitted by the milk of an abused pregnant woman. Fausta decides to bury her mother in her home village, but neither she nor her uncle has the necessary amount for the coffin and the transportation. Fausta starts working as housemaid in the manor of a pianist to raise the necessary money; she befriends the gardener that helps her and Fausta finally resolves her issues.

"La Teta Assustada" is an exotic but boring and unpleasant low budget movie. The story is developed in slow-pace and probably will please viewers of the First World that maybe have never seen a slum and poor people like the dweller of Fausta's community. Magaly Solier has a great performance and her exotic beauty is impressive. The translation of the title of this film to English ("The Milk of Sorrow") is ridiculous since the correct translation would be "The Frightened Teat". The summary in IMDb from Pusan International Film Festival is ridiculous and the author has certainly not understood the story; or maybe the translation from Spanish was wrong. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Teta Assustada" ("The Frightened Teat")


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