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Mater Dolorosa (C1 Originals 2012)

Directed by: Adolfo Alix Jr.

Defining right from wrong is similar to black and white. There’s no in between.

This film defies that notion. They are not in definite black and white. They are not in full color either.

This film does not judge.

This film stays in between.

Afterall, who are we to judge when you’re a mother in torn?

The lead character in this film is a widow who takes care of the illegal businesses left by her husband, as she manages the lives of her children in peril.

Your empathy for the mother is fleeting, since she continues their wrongdoings without thinking on its repercussions. Most characters are literally corrupt and the setting is figuratively filthy.

The dirtier the plot is.

The cleaner the shots are.

Malinis ang paraan ng kanilang pagkwento.

Hindi mo pagmamasdan ang dumi ng kanilang pamilya. Nababalot ito sa pag-aaruga ng isang Ina. Namumuhay man sila sa kadiliman. Pero may nagsisilbing ilaw ng tahanan. Madalas nga lang itong mapundi at mawala. Dahil sa mga desisyong taliwas sa tama.

Baluktot ang kanilang daan, pero hindi ka maliligaw sa kanilang kwento. Andaming mabibigat na artista, pero hindi ka malulunod sa dami nito.

The balance made for its gripping storyline, impressive ensemble and fine direction allow this film to hold your attention from start to end.

The ending, along with the climax, arrives in its expected full form of darkness, losing their chance to serve as light to those real people who might need it — the mothers in sorrow.

𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘢 will challenge your definition of a mother. It may spark more questions, but it helps you understand their decisions.

Afterall, who are we to judge when you’re a mother in sorrow?

This film does not judge.

This film stays in between.


Cast: Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Felix Roco, Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral, Rosanna Roces, Jason Abalos, Alwyn Uytingco, Jess Mendoza, Anita Linda

Production: C1 Originals

Date Released: November 30, 2012 in Philippine cinemas nationwide

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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