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Azucena (2000)

Twelve-year-old Lily lives with her father, who has been suspended from the police force, and her stepmother. Her parents sell Lily's aging dog to Mr. Teban for dog meat. Lily convinces Mr.... See full summary »

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Enrique Ramos (screenplay)
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Ricky Davao ... Tomas
Glydel Mercado ... Sonia
Dante Rivero ... Teban
Alessandra de Rossi ... Lily
Anjanette Abayari Anjanette Abayari ... Lily's Mother
Tony Mabesa ... Tomas' Boss
Romy Romulo Romy Romulo ... Mario
Mon Confiado ... Policeman
Allen Dizon ... Policeman
Richard Joson Richard Joson ... Policeman
Crispin Pineda ... Policeman
Dennis Marasigan Dennis Marasigan ... Bar Manager
Idda Yaneza Idda Yaneza ... Panciteria Owner (as Ydda Yaneza)
Richard Arellano Richard Arellano ... Panciteria Owner's Son
Sherry Lara ... School Principal
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Twelve-year-old Lily lives with her father, who has been suspended from the police force, and her stepmother. Her parents sell Lily's aging dog to Mr. Teban for dog meat. Lily convinces Mr. Teban to return her dog, and the she begins a friendship with the dog meat seller, much to the disgust of her friends and family. Mr. Teban becomes her surrogate father, and supports Lily against her abusive father and ineffectual stepmother. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

31 May 2000 (Philippines) See more »

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Reyna Films See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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Gusto Ng Pusa
Composed by Gerry Cornejo
Performed by 6 A.L.
BMG Music Publishing
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Interesting film from the Phillipines
8 October 2000 | by BlueNeon-2See all my reviews

I happened to catch this hidden gem at the Toronto Film Festival, and was quite impressed. Azucena, or "Dog Food", is about a schoolgirl named Lily and the friendship that develops between her and a dog butcher, whose profession comes to an end when dog meat is banned in the town. Lily's home life is far from ideal: her father is an abusive boor of a man who has lost his job as a policeman, and continually takes out his frustrations on Lily and her stepmother, who is of little help to Lily in such matters.

This film could have easily become a straightforward, dull harangue about any one of many social problems (animal cruelty, child abuse, etc.), but thankfully it becomes far more than that. The real subject of the film is the cycle of cruelty it depicts; it is a study of the perpetuation of abuse and violence through a society. "Dog Food" is probably a difficult find, but it's definitely worth seeing.


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