A story of unconditional love about a Bajau midwife coping with the irony of her own infertility amid the deprivations of her gypsy community in Tawi-Tawi.
A saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition.
Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza was born on July 30, 1960 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He finished Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas where he majored in Advertising. His career began as a Production Designer in feature films, television, and theatre. His mastery over production design was featured in acclaimed local films such as Takaw Tukso (Flirting With Temptation, 1986), Private Show (1986), Olongapo (1984), The Great American Dream (1987), and many others. In 2005, Mendoza founded Centerstage Productions (CSP), an independent film production outfit. This film out fit produced feature films that gained several awards in local and international film festivals. As a production designer for feature films, he moved to television commercial productions and became one of the most sought after production designers. From 1990 to 2004, he focused his career as an Art Director for television commercials for national and multi-national… read more
Interesting ethnographic study, nice cinematography, but weak character & emotional depth.
But you could really feel the story of the film when the second half of the film came. And the actors are all so great especially Nora!!!! If only he would focus more much deeper into the couples' story this film would really be great.. But its what they want.... haha...
hmmmmm.... In all fairness to him, social relevance pretentiousness whatsoever was not the focus of the film as most independent film maker here will definitely show but in my view he wants to combine the rich culture of the people and the story of the couple and unfortunately he ended up not not mixing it well...
In lizza per il Leone d’Oro alla 69esima Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Brillante Mendoza continua con il suo cinema radicale e senza compromessi a far brillare di autorialità l’industria cinematografica… read review