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Sunday Beauty Queen (MMFF 2016)

Directed by: Baby Ruth Villarama

Not all superheroes wear capes.

Some wear crowns.

This film tells the story of Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong — who act as Beauty Queens every Sunday and live as Heroes everyday.

Superpowers include pure love and beautiful soul, wherein Family serve as their strength and weakness.

Wala silang hindi kayang gawin para sa pamilya. Lahat ng paghihirap at pangungulila ay titiisin nila. Hindi mo man nakita ang kanilang pinagdaanan. Sa kanilang kwento ay iyong mararamdaman.

The authentic storytelling is the film’s strongest weapon. The stories come from the people who experience it first hand. What we get are raw emotions and natural reactions.

The topic is massive, but they manage not to overwhelm you with details. The informative sentences that flash intermittently on the screen are not too lengthy, covering only what’s necessary. They come in style and in sync with the shots.

The actual clips with the employers are instrumental to give a glimpse of an OFW life. The positive words from employers are testament to the Filipina beauty inside and out, matching the film’s pageant motif.

The narrative for the pageant lacks smoothness, failing to build a momentum from the preparation day to the grand finals. Their charity aspect added more purpose to the pageant, but it was only shared in a limited sense.

Ang pinakamagandang aspeto ng pelikulang ito ay matatagpuan sa labas ng kanilang paligsahan. Sa likod ng korona ay nakatago ang duming hindi madalas makita.

May mukha sila na gustong ipakita.

Na dapat pagtuunan nang pansin.

May boses sila na gustong iparinig.

Na dapat gawan ng paraan.

Hindi natatapos sa patimpalak ang hangarin ng pelikulang ito. The pageant is only a facade to reveal their beauty within.

This film deserves a crown for making a stand.



Cast: Leo Selomenio, Hazel Perdido, Cherrie Mae Bretana, Rudelyn Acosta, Mylyn Jacobo

Presented by: TBA Studios

Date Released: December 25, 2016 in Philippine cinemas nationwide

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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