La Llorona (2019) (2019)
March 13, 2021 9:41 AM - Subscribe

When a retired ailing genocidal general faces scrutiny and retribution for his past, a mysterious housekeeper shows up to serve the beleaguered household. A reworking of the Latin American folktale of La Llorona. Guatemalan film maker Jayro Bustamante's most recent work features the hypnotic performance of MarĂ­a Mercedes Coroy.
posted by 2N2222 (4 comments total)
I really enjoyed this. Saw it when it was released. Now I'm going to rewatch it. Thank you for reminding me about it.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:14 PM on March 13, 2021

Beautiful, chilling, heartbreaking. Really crucial when looking for this that you do not confuse it for the much, much, much worse The Curse of La Llorona. It is such a bummer that they have such similar titles and came out the same year.

Guatemalans are still reckoning with this history. Perpetrators of the genocide were still involved in politics even into the 21st century. This is the first international-level non-documentary movie I've encountered that addresses it (with the caveat that I don't speak Spanish and am not plugged into Guatemalan film).

As for the US's part we have pretty much swept that under the rug, just like we have with our participation in the dictatorships of other Latin American countries.
posted by Anonymous at 8:02 PM on March 15, 2021


The best thing about this movie, and I say this as a dyed-in-the-wool* horror fan, is that if this movie didn't introduce its supernatural elements in the last ten minutes, it would still be just as excellent and enjoyable as a horror movie.

*Or should I say... DIED in the wool! MUAHAHAHAHA
posted by ejs at 11:40 PM on March 18, 2021

Alma is Spanish for soul
posted by brujita at 11:46 AM on June 18, 2021

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