Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Movie Review: Ma' Rosa

Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenient 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’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt

Dark, gritty, anarchic. Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, especially Jaclyn Jose Ma' Rosa is a thoroughly engrossing authentic social drama with unique storytelling style we come to expect from Brillante Mendoza.

The film rises on the strength of its score by Teresa Barrozo, as well as its supporting cast who make up for the main character's journey.

The authenticity of the film reflects the social life of a typical poor neighborhood. But what lies beneath the core of the film for me is the value of a family in our society. That last scene of the film touched my heart as it summarized the message of the film. With the genuine acting of Jaclyn Jose that made her win the Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Actress as well as the natural performance by the ensemble cast anchored with the gripping tension and reflection of reality, Ma'Rosa is a must watch!

My Verdict: 5/5


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