Adela, a former radio personality, celebrates her 80th birthday in the slums of Manila. Alone, and without support, she longs for the family and stability of years gone by. Mundane events take on heightened meaning as Adela gauges her life against those of the sea of humanity.
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A remarkable depiction of loneliness of elderly people. It's all around us, but we don't (want to?) see it. This film doesn't specially highlight the issue. Instead, it merges it with every day going-ons of everyone around Adela, going-ons she isn't part of. It feels as if she can merely watch life passing by. Its sheer simplicity makes the film all the more powerful.