It’s Life is Beautiful by way of Wes Anderson.
Am I going to hell for having laughed so hard at this Holocaust comedy? Probably not, since it was obviously a satire.
The entire ensemble was fantastic (love the adorable Yorkie!), but Roman Griffin Davis was the absolute star of the show.
“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”
That rare moment when all elements combined perfectly to create a moving and sincere debut film.
Transit was an insightful and heartbreaking look at the plight of Filipino immigrants (and their children) in Israel.
The performances in the film were just top-notch. Irma Adlawan was brilliant. Ping Medina was brilliant. Mercedes Cabral was brilliant.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith was a revelation here. She had two highly-emotional scenes with the Irma Adlawan and she was so good in both.
I loved how the kid resembled 80’s child star Jaypee de Guzman. And his character was named Joshua like in Life is Beautiful.
The fractured narrative and skillful direction made Espia not just a promising filmmaker but a great storyteller to watch out for.
(Originally published August 5, 2013.)