When Pura’s step-sister Emilia seduces her fiancé, Pura decides to leave for the United States. Twenty years later, she returns to the Philippines to take care of her father, who is very sick. Her sudden visit opens up old wounds and rekindles the rivalry between sister and step-sister. The conflict explodes into the open after her father’s death, but the next day, after the funeral, the two women make their peace and admit they are both in the wrong. Pura can thus return home and finally find affection for the sister whom she has never fully recognized as such. —TFF
Lino Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago!.
In 1974 Brocka directed Weighed But Found Wanting, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
The following year he directed The Claws of Light, which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm 1. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. The episodic plot… read more