I was recently browsing the foreign movie section of my local library and stumbled upon this. I read the DVD jacket and decided to pick it up. Glad I did.
"Lion's Den" (2008 release from Argentina; 113 min.) brings the story of Julia as she wakens up in her apartment, only to find herself in a pool of blood and two guys. Later she refers to them as "my lover and his boyfriend". Turns out the lover is dead and the other guy also survived. What happened? We don't know but both survivors are arrested and jailed. We also learn that Julia is pregnant by her boyfriend. Julia settles in her life in jail and to say things are rough would be an understatement, but at least Julia is in a special ward for jailed mothers/mother-to-be. We learn that under Argentinean law, jailed mothers are allowed to keep their babies/young kids until they are age 4, at which point the young kids are taken away (either given custody to relatives or awared to "the state"). Julia's mother, who had moved away to France 13 years ago, appears on the scene. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: first of all, Martina Gusman as Julia brings an outstanding performance, and that's an understatement, a tour-de-force is more like it, as she will do anything to keep her young son. Second, the movie really succeeds in delivering an emotional wallop as the story unfolds, I was transfixed how it was all playing out. This movie was Argentina's entry for the 2009 "Best Foreign Movie" Oscar nomination and it's easy to see why. If you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that is miles away from your standard Hollywood fare, "Lion's Den" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!