Mendoza's 'Lola' tells a powerful and moving tale about two grandmothers on opposite sides of a tragedy both doing what they can within the poverty they live in to provide for their respective families. For one its trying to raise funds for a funeral; for the other getting her grandson free from jail. Scripting excels as does the turn by Anita Linda ('Adela').
Touching vivid picture of two old women confronting the harsh reality of the Philippine society. Determined to achieve their goals, they brave hard weather, poverty and the systems. Brillante Mendoza's camera is insistent, we can feel the women's fatigue, discomfort and pain right from the opening scene. The two old actresses are excellent.
The material here is basically the kind of thing we would expect in terms of international cinema made on the margins in the manner of the Italian neorealists and their pan-global progeny. And sure enough: the strongest things here combine naturalistic performances from non-professionals and extraordinary use of locations. I do, however, have major issues w/ the aesthetic, the camera sucking at life like a leech.
We all know about the 20 min plot point rule: the limits of patience and reasonable viewer expectations. But sometimes when I begin to feel jittery in this age of cinematic saturation, I need to step back and ask myself what I want a film to do for me. On its own terms, Grandmother opens up a world where grief, labor, social justice and kinship can be heard in the sound of a raindrop and the respite of a television.
I love how intimate this was, it was almost like I could feel the rain or the wind. It felt like a documentary. It was an interesting take, showing two grandmothers connected in such an awful way. I think platonic love is underrated in today's society and media so I really love that this focused on that kind of love and that bond between families. It was emotional, and equal parts heartwarming and heart-wrenching.
Totally drawn into this quite beautiful film about the love and dedication of women to their families. In this case 2 very resourceful and elderly ladies are adversaries in a murder case in Manila. The scenes of life in the rivercity suburbs are utterly compelling as is the way people interact and cohabitate in the urban squalor. Stunning cinematography and a haunting soundtrack complete the picture.
Astonishing how Mendoza keeps close to the bodies. You have this wind and this rain you can almost feel. I got the impression i was really watching this story from the inside, from Manilla (not hidden behind my screen). That's how strong "Lola" is ! Thanks to lighter and smaller cameras, you can enjoy this modern way of filmmaking. It might look amateurish or chaotic to some : believe me it's not. Strong identity.
Deux rugueuses âmes en peine, dans la grande mégalopole de Manille, durant la saison des pluies, qui cherchent, chacune dans son intangible et bornée sentiment affectif, au-delà des inévitables et dérisoires compromis moraux et financiers, une raison de lutter contre la misère, le mauvais sort et la fatalité... www.cinefiches.com
You watch two old grannies struggling with poverty, the consequences of a murder and arthrites, and to my suprise that was a very compelling and fascinating ride. I loved the documentary-ish hand held camera and realistic depiction of urban Philippines, as far as I can tell of course. Great stuff. Slow pacing which I didn't mind, because the faces of the ladies tell stories on their own.
The film is too long but nevertheless something is missing here. Two old women are brought together by a crime: one grandson got stabbed by the other grandson. The two leads are outstanding, the handheld camera gives the film an astounding intimacy, there are intense moments of human anguish but very often the film drags and meanders its way to the too prosaic end.