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The Milk of Sorrow (The Scared Breast)

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Original title
La teta asustada
Running time
94 min.
Peru Peru
Claudia Llosa
Selma Mutal
Natasha Braier
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Co-production Peru-Spain; Vela Producciones / Oberón Cinematográfica / Wanda Visión
Synopsis / Plot
Fausta (Magali Solier) suffers from the scared breast, a strange illness that is transmitted by mothers who have been raped or mistreated during their pregnancy or nursing period. The children of these women are irremediably infected by their milk and inherit a terrible atavistic fear. Fausta’s illness manifests itself in the form of haemorrhages or bleeding during moments of crisis or extreme tension.Fausta also keeps a secret she won’t reveal until her mother’s death will unleash a series of unexpected events that will change her life.
2009: Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
2009: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear, International Critic Award FIPRESCI
2009: Ariel Awards: Nominated for Best Latin-American Film
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