Directed by Brillante Mendoza
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
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！
★★★★½ review by Keflik Wu on Letterboxd
★★★★½ review by dph 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 Lorenzo Benitez on Letterboxd
An endearingly-scrappy film that begins with immense kinetic propulsion before gradually deflating as the sequential procedure of the its narrative conventionally re-focuses on the plight of the impoverished. However, in spite of its gradual deflation, Ma' Rosa won me over with its charismatic lead performance and startlingly-authentic rendering of the city I called home for eight years, illustrating a potent rebuke toward the incomplete, anti-corruption promises of President Benigno Aquino and the subsequent faith in law-and-order by his successor, the infamous Rodrigo Duterte.
★★★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.
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