Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valerianauntil a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.
A tale of horror and magical realism, the film reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala’s recent history and tears open the country’s unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity. LA LLORONA marks Bustamante’s third feature and demonstrates his continued efforts to highlight social inequality in his native Guatemala following his previous titles TEMBLORES (2019) and IXCANUL (2016).
TRT: 96 min.
Director: Jayro Bustamante
Screenwriters: Jayro Bustamante, Lisandro Sánchez
Cast: Starring María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kénefic, Sabrina De La Hoz, Julio Diaz
Producers: Jayro Bustamante, Gustavo Matheu, Georges Renand, Marina Peralta
Director of Photography: Nicolás Wong
Editors: Jayro Bustamante, Gustavo Matheu