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Grandmother (2009)

Lola (original title)
Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Linda ...
Lola Sepa
Rustica Carpio ...
Lola Puring
Tanya Gomez ...
Ditas
Jhong Hilario ...
Bebong
Ketchup Eusebio ...
Mateo
Benjie Filomeno ...
Domeng
Bobby Jerome Go ...
Jay Jay
Geraldine Villamil ...
Virgie
Nico Nullan ...
Nico
Hope Matriano ...
Linda
Tim Yap ...
TV Game Host
Earl Zanorio ...
Game Show Contestant
Catherine Cornell ...
Snatcher Victim
Jojit Lorenzo ...
Security Guard
Tess Antonio ...
Factory Office Secretary
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Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in the midst of a storm, one for the victim's burial, the other for the suspect's bail bond. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Loving Grandmothers with hard lives
18 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A grandson is stabbed to death for a cell-phone; the killer is also a grandson. These grandmothers have very hard lives: one of them trying to find cash for a funeral, while the other doing all she can to raise cash to free her grandson.

This film is much deeper than most Filipino offerings, especially due to superb performances by veteran actresses Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio. These ladies exhibit so such grace, humanity, and empathy for their characters, that you can easily discern the love they have for their families. But unlike television grandmothers, they are not all smiles and sweetness. Ms. Linda's character is also impatient and especially grouchy with her preteen grandchildren.

This is a very realistic look at the lives of those who barely get by, and insight into the Filipino culture.

This was a moving and beautiful film. I recommend it highly.


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