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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ma'Rosa: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara 

Last night, was the premiere of the Director Briallante Mendoza's "Ma'Rosa" at SM Light Mall in Mandaluyong, and I would like to thank Solar Pictures for the inviting us to the event. 

Rosa (Jaclyn Jose) is a small-time store owner in the heart of the slums of Manila. Together with her husband, Nestor, they also sell illegal drugs as a part of their living. However, a tip from their neighbor led to a buy-bust operation and led to their arrest inside their home. The police officers made a deal for their freedom by pointing out their source, but they still need 50,000 cash for them to walk away without charges. Soon, it's up to their children on how to raise that cash in order to set their parents free from the corrupt police officers.

Ma' Rosa is a harrowing film about poverty and corruption shaded with bits of reality that is really hard to swallow. Backed up with strong performances from its talented cast, the film handed it's powerful message to its viewers. Director Brillante Mendoza simply brings his audience to experience a disturbing thriller that shows that it is hard to be at the bottom of the food-chain. However, it lacks a bit of violence and depth on how much more a family member is willing to take on this kind of unearthly circumstance. 

Jaclyn Jose delivers a compelling overall performance. She is so natural on screen, and you can easily feel the anxiety through her eyes. She also sets the tone and the mood of the entire thing as the rest of the casts keeps up with her. It's like a walk to a park for Jaclyn Jose and a deserving win at the recent Cannes Festival as she managed to put an icing on the top of the cake in the final seconds of the film.

Overall, Ma'Rosa slowly builds the tension around its lengthy time frame and gave out an interesting story that you would love to hate. It is another Brillante Mendoza masterpiece that we can all be proud of, and we should support this kind of movie that we often see on our cinemas. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenman

Directed by: Brillante Mendoza
Distributed by: Solar Pictures PH
Opens July 6 in cinemas


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