Ma' Rosa

Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt police.

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  • ★★★½ review by duo on Letterboxd

    私法拘留

    堅毅又辛酸的羅莎媽媽版的《兩天一夜》,手持攝影焦距失焦晃到模糊,跟隨三名子女求人湊錢保釋父母,夜色暗畫面暗人心更暗,「賣冰吃冰」與「貪污收賄」一如往常。

    在貢丸城看羅莎媽媽吃一串丸子蔚為高潮!

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    以下抱怨文

    佳映在江山藝改所的特映《私法拘留》數位串流lag lag lag都火大了,前半小時都在lag,尤其精彩戲羅莎夫婦被抓狂卡住!

    到底是江山的投影機流明數超低?佳映影片的問題?整片畫面超暗是要視力測驗嗎?

    包含上次看的《戀夏絮語》是中午採光收光欸($100)、《私法拘留》($150)幾乎都夜景更別說了!室內超悶沒開冷氣、坐塑膠點心椅坐到腰酸肩痛,還真是克難的觀影。

  • ★★★★½ review by Keflik Wu on Letterboxd

    菲律賓的現況真的非常糟糕,大嬸的最後一場戲實在揪心...

    得了坎城影后的菲律賓大嬸又是另一個不忍逼視的真實。毒品問題深植菲律賓的底層社會,腐敗的警察與官僚讓這些問題更加混亂。大嬸開雜貨店養不起一家六口,兼職賣點毒品好像是大家的共識,警察逮了你卻帶你繞進警局的秘密後台,私吞販毒的錢再獅子大開口勒索你,孩子為了把媽媽爸爸救出來要去賣電視、賣身、賣尊嚴。

    最後一場戲,大嬸好不容易當掉女兒的手機籌到最後一筆錢,多要了幾個零錢拿去買了一串炸丸子,汗水、淚水、炸丸子一口一口吞下去,看著對街平和的一家四口,是不是背後也有什麼說不出的故事?吃完團子、有了力氣還要回去把丈夫跟孩子贖出來。

    就像導演曼多薩說的,這是菲律賓首都的尋常風景。還好這部片不是拍現在這個總統的,要不然大嬸可能早就被打死了。喔~可能也不一定,打死警察就沒油水可撈了。

  • ★★★★½ review by daph on Letterboxd

    The sociology of desperation. Fits rightfully among Mendoza's poverty gems. Reminiscent of Kinatay's best (nocturnal, violent) scenes and Foster Child's great (maternal) moments (Jaclyn Jose's deserved Cannes Best Actress plum). 3rd world Michael Mann, on meth. A-

  • ★★★½ review by S K on Letterboxd

    A bit like One night and One day, this film takes place over a 48 hour period. Lead female actor's, Jaclyn Jose's Cannes Film Festival best actress award was very well-deserved just for the performance in the last shot in the film.

    A lot of it is very ropily-filmed, but that was a deliberate choice by the filmmaker. The entire cast was fantastic.

  • ★★★★ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd

    An old woman sells drugs out of her convenience store to support her family. A tale of poverty and corruption.

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