Directed and written by Claudia Llosa (Lima,1976), La Teta Asustada is the first peruvian movie ever been nominated to any Academy Award. It is a strange movie and like Llosa's previous one, Madeinusa (2006), has not a single character that make us care for. Not even the protagonist: Fausta (Magaly Solier), a weird, lonely and sad girl who keeps a potato inside her vagina so, in the believe of the indians, according to Llosa's fantasy, men will stay away from her. I am guessing that like in her previous movie, the director is making up from her own personal ideas all those indian traditions we see during the film. Llosa make us laugh on the poor peruvians again: they are ignorant, ludicrous, vulgar and ridiculous (everybody speaks terrible spanish, as certain kind of people, wrong and frankly, believe in Peru). Why nobody is good looking but the protagonist?
Let's be clear here: there is no such a thing as Scared Tit (Teta Asustada) in reality, is not a trauma it is just an invention of the director. And here is the problem for me. People will believe that this is some kind of psycological condition that many peruvian women suffer because of the terrorism wars of the 80's in Perú. Is not. It's just a poetic license coming straight from the director and her fantasy.
I have to tell that the photography is quite good even beautiful, that the music well placed and choosen. But the characters are just too cold and distant. I wanted to like this movie as a whole, but i can't. I am glad to see for the first time the name of the country i was born in an Oscar ceremony (and hopefully not for the last time). But it is too exotic and I cannot think of other reason for the director to made up all this kind of traditions and ideas about the poor people in Peru but because she has not a real knowledge of the reality that occurs in the south american country. I hope she some day dares to create a similar dark and sad story with characters of a reality that she knows better: her own.