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Metro Manila | Review

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A Better Life: Ellis’ Latest a Masterful Drama of Sacrifice

British director Sean Ellis brings us to the Philippines with his third feature film, Metro Manila, a bleak and often harrowing portrait of a family’s struggle to build a better life for themselves. Ellis first made headlines for his 2006 debut, romantic comedy Cashback, followed by the international led cast of his oblique 2008 horror film, The Broken, and his latest only proves he’s a filmmaker of varying and styles and techniques. Ellis, also serving as cinematographer for the first time, brings us a grim exercise set in the urban underbelly of Manila and it is as desperately moving as it is unpredictable.

When the price of rice drops significantly, poverty stricken Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and wife Mia (Althea Vega) decide to move with their two children to Manila to see if they might have better luck in the urban metropolis. »

- Nicholas Bell

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8 March 2014 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Butler didn't do it for Oscar voters, but there are sharper ideas in some of last year's under-the-radar thrillers

If a film seemingly made for the express purpose of piling up Oscar nominations then receives precisely none, does it make a sound? Well, yes and no. Lee Daniels' The Butler (Entertainment, 12) was a surprise summer hit in the Us, where audiences weary of monsters fighting robots were apparently up for a windy dose of all-star, semi-fictionalised civil rights history, but that doesn't mean it has anything to say.

Awards voters, oddly, couldn't see the hokey Forrest Gump parallels in Forest Whitaker's Cecil Gaines, humble White House butler to every president from Eisenhower to Reagan. A noble cypher who stoically pours tea while history is made around him, he's a less-than-riveting presence around whom to centre the narrative; there's more going on back home, where his radical Black Panther »

- Guy Lodge

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Hardcore Filipino/British thriller Metro Manilla on UK DVD

8 February 2014 6:04 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning crime thriller Metro Manila, from Director Sean Ellis, will be available on demand 17th February and comes to DVD & Blu-ray 10th March 2014. The film was the biggest winner at the British Independent Film Awards 2013 picking up three trophies including Best British Independent Film and Best Director for Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken). It’s also been selected as the UK’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category for the Oscars 2014. All in all it’s a cert buy. The only downer we can put on the whole thing is the DVD cover. Couldn’t they have picked something a little less...well...Beige? Synopsis: Oscar and Mai Ramirez (Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega) decide to move their two daughters from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippines, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival, »

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Hardcore thriller Metro Manilla on UK DVD

8 February 2014 5:54 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning crime thriller Metro Manila, from Director Sean Ellis, will be available on demand 17th February and comes to DVD & Blu-ray 10th March 2014. The film was the biggest winner at the British Independent Film Awards 2013 picking up three trophies including Best British Independent Film and Best Director for Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken). It’s also been selected as the UK’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category for the Oscars 2014. All in all it’s a cert buy. The only downer we can put on the whole thing is the DVD cover. Couldn’t they have picked something a little less...well...Beige? Synopsis: Oscar and Mai Ramirez (Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega) decide to move their two daughters from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippines, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival, »

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