From: Peru, Spain
Director: Claudia Llosa
This is the perfect example of how innocence is easily marred and beauty easily disfigured.Fausta, played painstakingly brilliant by Magaly Solier, has one of the most beautiful faces I’ve seen but the film does not give room for its appreciation since she herself despises her womanhood because of fear. She tries her best to disallow herself to receive any attention from people because she thinks it’s a way to protect herself. She lives in fear but it is not her fault. She is pure of heart but her mind is tainted with fear of sin. What a single sin can do to a whole generation of women. What years and years of tradition can make you believe. Although she suffers from a rare disease called Milk of Sorrow, I think it’s more of self-inflicted sickness of the body brought about by a sickness of the mind due to solemn fearful conditioning.
The slow deliberate pace makes me feel like I’m hauling a huge trunk of mommy issues but with heart wrenching spikes. But in the end, I realized it’s a slow revelation of emancipation.
What this film holds for me:
What: potato potato potato
Where: in a place where potatoes aren’t supposed to be
Who: actors who are non actors