With the words “If you cry, I’ll kill you”, General Enrique murders a woman and her kids in Guatemala’s armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, now retired, who oversaw the genocide. But he’s acquitted through a mistrial and spirits of the living, and the dead are unleashed. Day and night, Enrique starts to hear their wailing. His wife and daughter believe he’s having bouts of Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Little could they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not.
“Rich and Unsettling, La Llorona Demands Your Attention” (K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair)
“An Artful Guatemalan Horror Movie About the Ghosts of a Genocide” (David Ehlrich, IndieWire)