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Ma' Rosa (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 July 2016 (Philippines)
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Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Rosa
... Nestor
... Sumpay
... Erwin
... Olivarez
... Linda
... Raquel
... Castor
... Jackson
... Sanchez
... Tilde
... Elvie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... SPO1 Alvarez
... PO1 Mercado
Tony Fabian ... Grocery Shopper
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Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa and her children are ready to do anything to buy her freedom from the corrupt police. Written by anonymous

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Director Brillantes Mendoza decided to make the film to tackle the issue of small-scale drug selling in the Philippines which he says is really happening in the country and described the situation as alarming. See more »

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Spin-off Amo (2017) See more »

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A stark glimpse into the life of a family
21 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this on Popcorn films and really "enjoyed" it. I put that in quotes because it's kind of a gripping drama, it's not a nice sweet feel-good. But it's also not sappy and over-the-top, doesn't feel deliberate or pushed at all. It reads almost like a documentary (as another reviewer said), with its candid acting and "unsteadicam" cinematography. This role won Best Actress at Cannes 2016 for Jaclyn Jose, in the leading role here.

Spoiler alert on the blog; it doesn't give it all away, but anyway, knowing what the story is about doesn't really spoil it. You need to see it happen.

The naturally unfolding pace of the film is frustrating to some (another review), but it's really just a slice-of-life capture, that unfolds in its own time. I liked it enough that I'm looking for other films by the director and some of the cast.


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