It will be part of my core memory how a jampacked CCP theater gave a standing ovation to all the environmental defenders after the movie when they took to the stage.
Such a brave film. Essential viewing for everyone.
I would have loved it if this had been an ensemble movie because the characters were really interesring and the actors did really well, Gio Gahol was even believable as a straight man.
However, something was missing. It felt flat. Didn't to tell what it wanted to say. Or wasn't clear.
But also, i think Shing is a capable director and should be given another opportunity.
Hold up. You won't like what i'm about to write.
There were three important women in this movie.
Charlie Dizon, Sheenly Gener and the mother. What the movie seems to suggest is that all three women were in their situation because of their choice. Charlie's decision not to go home, Sheenly's decision to wait for Paulo and the mother's decision to allow herself to be abused by her lover. The movie greatly implies that it's their fault that they are…
The level of access Nettie was able to do, i have only seen twice in Philippine Documentaries. First was when Angelo Valderama kept his camera filming while he, Ces Drilon and their guide, Octavio Dinampo were being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf. Second was Jaja Arumpac's War Is a Tender Thing showing an exercise in an NPA camp.
And even after more than 30 years, it's still shocking to see. She being white, she being inexperienced, she not knowing…