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Dekada '70 (2002)

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

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Amanda
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Jules
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Eman
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Gani
Danilo Barrios ...
Jason
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Mara
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Evelyn
John Wayne Sace ...
Bingo (as John W. Sace)
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Willy
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Evelyn's Dad
Marianne de la Riva ...
Evelyn's Mom
Carlo Muñoz ...
Rene
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Orestes Ojeda ...
Dr. Rodrigo
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A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

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Official submission of the Philippines for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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not as good as the book
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Dekada '70 by Lualhati Bautista has to be one of my most favorite books. The story of Amanda Bartolome's tale of dealing with her family, and self-discovery during the turbulent era of Martial Law in the Philippines really was as entertaining as it was eye-opening. It's really too bad that the movie failed to capture the actual essence of the book.

First of all, the true main character of the story is really Amanda. In the movie, amanda just has a few thoughts and reflections at the beginning and the end of the movie and nothing more. It really focuses on how her family grows as a family, and is affected by the drastic changes and events at that time. What I really wanted to see was Amanda's thoughts as the events of the story occur.

But if not looking at the book and not really looking at Amanda as the protagonist, you can see that the movie explains well what could have happened to any common bourgeois family in those times. You can also see the just how powerful the acting of Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Dimples Romana and Marvin Agustin was in this film. Even Jhong Hilario, Carlos Agassi, Tirso Cruz III, Carlo Munoz, and John Wayne Sace gave good performances. I personally found that the characters such as Mara and Jason were taken for granted. Ana Capri didn't do justice as Jules' wife and role model for Amanda, and though Danilo Barrios gave a pretty good performance as Jason, I didn't really see him as the wild child Jason was. And Piolo Pascual didn't really for me look the part of Jules. For one thing, He's too much of a pretty boy, and another is that his acting is so-so. The transition of scenes also left me a tad confused at times.

All in all, this movie deserves a 9/10, but seeing how different and in that way, inferior it is to the book, no offense to Lualhati bautista who wrote the book and the screenplay, plus a few other weak elements, I think it deserves a 7/10. But it still is a good movie. I recommend it to everyone whether you are a Filipino or a foreigner, whether you were present in those times or not, it is a movie you will enjoy.


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