The Milk of Sorrow

by Claudia Llosa

The Milk of Sorrow


Fausta suffers from "the milk of sorrow", an illness transmitted through mother's milk by women who have been violated or mistreated during the war of terrorism in Peru. The war has ended, but Fausta lives to remind of it because "the illness of fear" stole her soul. Now, her mother's sudden death forces her to confront her fears and the secret that is hidden inside of her: she has inserted a potato into her vagina to serve as a protective shield that repels disgusting intruders. »The Milk of Sorrow« is the story of a search for re-awakening, a journey from fear to freedom.


Claudia Llosa Bueno (Peruvian - Italian) was born November 15th 1976 in Lima, Peru. She studied Communication in the University of Lima (1998), then she optained a master degree in Film and TV Scriptwriting in the Superior School of Arts and Spectacles TAI, Madrid, Spain (2001). Claudia began working in advertising and television for Peruvian and foreign companies. Later on she started her own production company in Perú, Vela Films ( and directed her first feature film, »Made in USA« (2006). »Made in USA« was premiered in the Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival (United States of America) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands). The film has won more than twenty awards in different prestigious international festivals, including the International Critics Award (Fipresci) in Rotterdam Film Festival, Best Film in Lima Film Festival, Best Film in Malaga Latin-American Festival (Spain), Sicca award for the Best Latin American film in Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentina), »El Sol« award for the Best Actress in Festivalissimo - Montreal Festival 2007 (Canada), among others. Also, »Made in USA« was selected to represent Peru in the »Oscar« award 2007. »Made in USA« has been released in more than 20 territories all over the world.

Claudia Llosa currently resides in Barcelona. »The Milk of Sorrow« (La Teta Asustada) is her second feature film.


Magaly Solier - Fausta
Susi Sánchez - Aida
Efraín Solis - Noe
Marino Ballón - Tío Lucido


Director: Claudia Llosa
Screenplay: Claudia Llosa
Producers: Antonio Chavarrias, José Maria Morales, Claudia Llosa
Cinematographer: Natasha Braier
Editor: Frank Gutierrez
Art Director: Susana Torres, Patricia Bueno
A production of Wanda Visión, Oberon Cinematográfica, Vela Films
with support from ICAA - Ministerio De Cultura, Icic - Generalitat De Catalunya, Media Development, Ibermedia, Conacine, World Cinema Fund, Visions Sud Est

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 24fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 100 Min.
Original language: Spanish, Quechua

Original title: La teta asustada


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The Milk of Sorrow
The Milk of Sorrow

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