Review for Manila

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“Manila” is an independent film directed by prize-winning directors Raya Martin and one of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s (PLM) pride, Adolf Alix Jr.

The film received a lot of praises and recognition from the moviegoers as well as from the film critics. This “indie” film was first exhibited at the recent Cannes International Film Festival and then the 31st Moscow International Film Festival and has received eight other invitations from other international film festivals either for competition or exhibition. As for its homecoming, the Philippine premiere “Manila” opened the 2009 Cinemalaya Film Festival and Competition last July 17, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, the main theater of CCP. By the success achieved by this film, Adolf Alix Jr. as a magna cum laude with a degree in Mass Communications has made the PLM community beamed with great pride.

“Manila” is a two-part black and white film with Piolo Pascual portraying the main roles. It was divided into two segments: the day and the night segments, each director directs his own portion of the film. The day segment was directed by Raya Martin, it is about William (Piolo Pascual) who is a drug addict trying to fix his life and to win back his family and friends. Throughout the segment it shows how William was being rejected by the people around him eventually he got tired of rebuilding and reconnecting with the people he loves and gives in to the call of his addiction. The memorable scene for me, was the last scene of this segment when William takes the drug (shabu) and its evident in his face the feeling of being relieved for wanting so much but at the same time there were tears slowly flowing down on his cheeks as if saying “I really don’t want this but I have no choice. This is my only source of satisfaction”

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