2008. Philippines. Adolfo Alix Jr.. 88 min.
Monday, October 19, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2008. Philippines. Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.. Screenplay by Alix, Nick Olanka. With Anita Linda, Jason Abalos, Joem Bascon. To celebrate her eightieth birthday, Adela wants nothing more than a meal with her children and family. But as the widow goes about her day preparing and shopping—often stopping to help out her fellow slum-dwellers—the interminable wait for the celebration starts to seem futile. In a stylistic break from today’s characteristically energetic, fast-moving Filipino cinema, Alix trains his camera on veteran Filipino actress Linda in long takes, with profound and moving results. The film is a tribute both to the quiet dignity and indomitable spirit of its titular character, and to the actress whose compelling, poignant performance inflects every scene. In Tagalog; English subtitles. 88 min.