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Films & Schedules - Lion's Den

Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B1)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B1)

Lion's Den

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - Argentina

Director-screenwriter Pablo Trapero's redemptive story of a young pregnant woman trying to survive in prison offers a poetic and moving take on the women-behind-bars film. Julia (Marina Gusman), convicted of killing her lover, gives birth to a son, Tomas, in prison.  With the help of her fellow prisoner Marta, Julia is allowed to raise Tomas in a ward for mothers.  Motherhood brings her a new maturity, and a determination to obtain a retrial that could allow her son to lead a normal life. But when Julia's mother angles to gain custody, a wrenching struggle is set in motion that will determine whether a mother's love is enough.  Martina Gusman's ferocious portrayal of a mother fighting against all odds and Trapero's thoughtful depiction of prison life combine to show us both devotion and hopelessness, innocence and malice.

Filmography: Crane World (99), El Bonaerense (02), Rolling Family (04), Born and Bred (06).

B1     113 Minutes    

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