The Milk of Sorrow

This Peruvian lament examining how distress passes down the generations is subtle and wonderfully moving, says Catherine Shoard



As with Annie, it's the opening number that sets the tone. A very old, very ill Peruvian woman sings about how she was brutally raped and forced to eat her murdered husband's penis (seasoned with gunpowder) during the guerrilla uprisings of the 1980s. Then she dies. It's extraordinary: an immediately arresting mix of the mordant and the moving. The rest of the movie – winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin, nominated for a best foreign language Oscar – continues in the same key, as the focus shifts to her daughter, Fausta, who has inserted a potato into her vagina for fear she'll suffer the same fate. "It must have gotten in there by itself," protests her uncle to a doctor. "There's lots of food at home." Fausta's bleeding he ascribes to the "milk of sorrow": trauma passed to children through the breast milk of their distressed mothers. The legacy of upset is at the heart of Llosa's brilliant film – and it's a film that wears its heart firmly on its sleeve. But it's also surprisingly subtle and funny, more concerned with the everyday objects and encounters – wedding cakes and pet pigeons – than with gender politics. Its optimism is evidence of its virtuosity.

arresting : frapujący, przykuwający uwagę

ascribe (to) : przypisywać (coś komuś)

concerned with : przejęty, zmartwiony

distress : rozpacz, cierpienie

distressed : zrozpaczony, cierpiący

encounter : spotkanie

evidence : dowód

extraordinary : nadzwyczajny, niezwykły

fate : los

focus : uwaga

guerrilla : partyzantka, partyzancki

gunpowder : proch strzelniczy

in the same key : na tę samą nutę

insert : wkładać

lament : lament, opłakiwanie

legacy : spadek, spuścizna, dziedzictwo

mordant : zjadliwy, sarkastyczny

seasoned (with) : przyprawiony

shift : przesuwać się, przenosić się

uprising : powstanie

virtuosity : wirtuozeria

wear the heart on one’s sleeve : mieć serce na dłoni

Nie masz uprawnień do komentowania


Komunikat dla użytkowników:

Od dnia 7.01.2019 zaprzestaliśmy codziennego wysyłania listy słówek.

Zaloguj się lub zarejestruj aby skorzystać ze wszystkich funkcji portalu.

Czytelnia - treści losowe

Loading ...