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Adela (2008)





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Director Adolfo Alix Jr. crafts this neo-realistic drama concerning a former radio personality from Manila who now lives at the edge of the massive Bernardo dump site, yet manages to maintain a certain simple dignity despite the main disappointments in her life. Adela (Anita Linda) is a loving grandmother preparing to celebrate her 80th birthday. Though her surroundings may be bleak, the prospect of celebrating her birthday with her daughter and the grandchildren of her eldest son is enough to keep Adela's spirits lifted. After helping one of her neighbors successfully deliver a baby, Adela is invited into their home to celebrate. Later, as Adela goes about her daily chores, her restrained honor and haunting loneliness are both plain to see. Her family has been forced apart by destitution and corruption, leaving Adela to fend for herself rather than resting easy thanks to the kindness of loved ones.

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The widely acclaimed Filipino actress Anita Linda gives a quietly transfixing performance as the title character of Adela.

October 14, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Alix knows how to frame a shot to emphasize his character's ever-shifting emotional states, but there's something missing, an elemental sense of space that would better complement the heroine's figure-in-a-landscape distress.

October 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[An] art-perfect snapshot of a community-in-flux.

October 14, 2009 | Full Review…

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