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The Curse of La Llorona | She’s coming for the children

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:09 AM
Linda Cardellini and Tony Amendola in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’.

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own children are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

La Llorona, Spanish for the weeping woman, is based on popular Latin American folklore. Versions of the tale over time tell of the weeping woman who was once a beautiful maiden named Maria, who married a nobleman and had two sons. Her husband eventually cheats on her with a younger woman and in an unnerving act of revenge, she drowns her two sons who were precious to their father. Days later, Maria is found dead on the riverbank. At the gates of heaven, she is denied entry until she finds the souls of her two sons. And so she is cursed to wander the Earth looking to reclaim their souls. Dressed in a white gown and wailing for her children, La Llorona takes lost and abandoned children as her own and drowns them in the hopes of recovering souls that will permit her entry into the afterlife.

The film stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velásquez. The Curse of La Llorona is directed by Michael Chaves in his directorial debut, and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconi.