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Lion's Den (2008)

Leonera (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 29 May 2008 (Argentina)
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An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison.

Director:

Pablo Trapero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martina Gusman ... Julia
Elli Medeiros ... Sofia
Francisco Marquez ... Doble de Ramiro herido
Rodrigo Santoro ... Ramiro
Laura García Laura García ... Marta
Roberto Maciel Roberto Maciel ... Abogado de Oficio
Walter Cignoli Walter Cignoli ... Perito Psicólogo
Tomás Plotinsky Tomás Plotinsky ... Tomás VI (as Tomas Plotinsky)
Leonardo Sauma Leonardo Sauma ... Ugo Casman
Marta Vera Marta Vera ... Jefa de celadores
Alejandra Neyra Alejandra Neyra ... Médica
Alexander Salazar Alexander Salazar ... Niño Pabellón
Florencia Ponce Florencia Ponce ... Interna Pabellón (as Flor Ponce)
Lorena Miño Lorena Miño ... Interna Pabellón
Yolanda Veres Yolanda Veres ... Interna Pabellón
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Storyline

Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it deals with Julia and her son, Tomas, born inside an Argentinean prison. Written by Anonymous

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Motherhood Behind Bars

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Aslan ini See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,484, 5 July 2009

Gross USA:

$14,739

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$822,504
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in real prisons and many actors are real prisoners. See more »

Soundtracks

Duermete Niño
Written by Pity Álvarez (as Cristian "Pity" Álvarez)
Performed by Intoxicados
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Women in Prison Movie Dardenne Brothers style
15 June 2009 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

The women in prison genre is often associated with cat-calling girl-fights and the guilty pleasure to the audience of women talking dirty and acting, actions supposed to be the purview of Tarzan aping men. Trapero's Leonera offers something else, an inquisition into how a life behind bars can change the human psyche and create a bond between a child and a mother. Echoing the early movies of the French New Wave that placed the gyneco-issues front and center and the point of view objectivity of the Dardenne Brothers, it is a worthy addition to what can be called the post-modern woman's picture. What is it like to give birth to your child behind bars? To have your child taken away, the rejoinder and enjoinder are all explored. With a wonderful performance by Martina Gusman, it is another worthy canon to 21st Century Argentine cinema.


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