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Pamilya Ordinaryo (Cinemalaya 2016)

Directed by: Eduardo Roy Jr.

Two minor parents are struggling to find their kidnapped baby. With no proper home, income and education, their future is tainted with uncertainties.

This movie is full of uncertainties.

Hindi mo alam kung hanggang saan sila dadalhin ng kahirapan nila. Hindi mo alam kung paano nila malalagpasan ang mga pagsubok nila sa buhay. Hindi mo alam kung ano ang susunod nilang gagawin.

Hindi mo alam kung kailan matatapos.

Walang kasiguraduhan sa kahirapan.

The movie is bombarded with poverty porn. They keep on presenting conflicts over conflicts, failing to give importance to the story behind the characters. There were no persona and background built for them.

Your connection to the characters is superficial, since you didn’t get the chance to know them on a deeper level. You follow their journey with increasing curiosity — but with fleeting sympathy.

Who are these people beneath their problems?

Gusto mong maawa kay Jane dahil nanakawan sya ng anak. Pero sino ba si Jane bago sya nawalan ng anak? Paano sya bilang isang ina at bilang isang anak?

Gusto mong tulungan si Aries dahil andami nilang problema. Pero ano ba ang hangarin ni Aries para sa kanyang pamilya? Ano ang gusto nyang sabihin maliban sa pagmumura?

Mas marami pa atang mura kesa sa istorya.

There were prolonged sex scenes and nudity that seemed gratuitous, but existed to arouse more controversy. The usage of “𝘖𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘺𝘰” as a literal surname and life description of the characters is a convenient giveaway to backup the movie title.

This movie enumerated some alarming issues in the Philippines with two characters as a backdrop. They built a wall of problems; you weren’t able to see what lies beneath the facade.



Cast: Hasmine Kilip, Ronwaldo Martin, Sue Prado, Maria Isabel Lopez, Raymond Lee, Erlinda Villalobos, Ruby Ruiz

Presented by: Cinemalaya, Found Films, Outpost

Date Released: August 5–14, 2016 at the CCP for Cinemalaya

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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