It was a fascinating story of an older woman and the colorful lives of other women that revolved around her. This was my kind of Alix movie (after the disastrous Chain Mail and dismal Whistleblower).
Whether she was placing ointment on higad marks or reminiscing about her dead son, Elizabeth Oropesa attacked her role with such gusto. ❤️❤️❤️
Rounding up the great cast were Lotlot de Leon, Angeli Bayani, Daria Ramirez, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Rosanna Roces, and Anita Linda.
FYI, Lotlot was brilliant in that church breakdown scene. Also, mas magaling siya magwalis ng mga dahon kesa kay Janine. 😂
(Originally published April 22, 2016.)
It was the usual OFW fare that seemed to fit more on the small screen. The material didn’t offer anything new from previous films of the same nature (the Anak reference was both a winning punchline and a curse). It only required a lot of crying from its competent cast (Pokwang was a delight to watch and I loved her scenes with the equally great Daria Ramirez).
The movie did have some good moments (dramatic situations infused with much-needed humor, the non-linear structure ala Forrest Gump, Nonie Buencamino stealing his scenes with ease) until it fully crumbled in the final act where the lead became unsympathetic and all loose ends were neatly tied-up.
Not bad overall, but it could have been much better.
(Originally published January 12, 2012.)