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La Llorona (2019)

La llorona (original title)
With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against ... See full summary »

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Jayro Bustamante
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Cast

Credited cast:
María Mercedes Coroy ... Alma
Sabrina De La Hoz Sabrina De La Hoz ... Natalia
Margarita Kenéfic Margarita Kenéfic ... Carmen
Julio Diaz Julio Diaz ... Enrique
María Telón ... Valeriana
Juan Pablo Olyslager ... Letona
Ayla-Elea Hurtado Ayla-Elea Hurtado ... Sara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Javier Silva Lira ... Police Officer
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With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the genocide. But he's acquitted through a mistrial and the spirit of La Llorona is unleashed to wander the world like a lost soul amongst the living. At night, Enrique starts to hear her wailing. His wife and daughter believe he's having bouts of Alzheimer's-related dementia. Little could they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not. Written by Film Factory

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Guatemala | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 2020 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Llorona See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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More drama than horror, still excellent
6 September 2019 | by Foxtrot1See all my reviews

The plot summary on IMDb doesn't do this film justice. It's a slow-burn drama about the family of a retired Guatemalan general on trial for war crimes. His daughter, an intelligent and compassionate medical doctor, is finally reckoning with what her father participated in, and her moral struggle expands to the rest of the family. At the same time, the general's sins are coming home to roost in a very literal way.

There is an element of horror here, but I was much more enthralled by the family drama of the piece. Unfortunately, it does copy one thing from other thought-provoking horror films and fails to fully stick the landing. Still a wonderful film and one that I'll think about for a long time to come. Brilliant cinematography and sound design, see it in a well-equipped theatre if you can.


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