The Milk of Sorrow

The Milk of Sorrow review

A young woman with a potato lodged in her vagina loses her raped mother and cautiously approaches the everyday challenges of a life of poverty believing she was poisoned by breast milk as a child. Directed by Judd Apatow… no… wait…

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, The Milk of Sorrow (or La Teta Asustada, literally “The Frightened Teat”) tackles some dark issues surrounding modern attitudes and repercussions to recent troubles in Andean Peru. It isn’t enjoyable but it is intriguing and there are, although they seem relatively insignificant, technical aspects to admire such as fine acting performances and strangely attractive brutal landscapes.

The provocative film left me uncomfortable and confused. Far from a negative, it was motivation to alleviate my ignorance and find out more about the troubled background behind the story.

3 out of 5

8th May 2010 | On IMDb


Indeed it is difficult to understand The Milk of Sorrow not knowing the Peruvian political situation in the 80's. Nevertheless one can sense the beauty of the film, the drama of a young girl looking for freedom. The photography is
stunning and the soundtrack remarkable. Larisa

Larisa, 4th Sep 2010