In some weird way, this worked very much like a burgis version of Anak, except that the mother intentionally abandoned her family to be with the person that she really loved. Even the rebellious teenage daughter was named Karla!!
I really liked the overall simplicity of the film (the lack of swelling music during the dramatic highlights made the silence even more deafening, the Balanghai-worthy editing with interweaving flashbacks, and the lack of a clean resolution).
The performances of Iza Calzado, Nonie Buencamino, and Therese Malvar were definitely top-notch. That climactic confrontation scene should secure Therese the Best Supporting Actress win. Napakahusay na bata!
(Originally published August 8, 2018.)