MVIFF: METRO MANILAPhilippines, UK | 2014 | 115 minutes | Not Rated | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Friday September 05, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers
Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
Ellis, whose previous films include the award-winning CASHBACK and THE BROKEN, travels to the Philippines to tell the story of Oscar Ramirez, a down-on-his-luck farmer who flees the countryside with his family to look for a brighter future in the bustling, overwhelming metropolis of Manila.
Oscar believes he has caught a break when he is offered steady work for an armored truck company and his kind and gregarious partner takes him under his wing. But when his seemingly prosperous gig unravels, Oscar realizes the inherent dangers of his new job and gets caught in a complex and perilous scheme of double-dealing. Faced with no other options, Oscar has to risk everything to protect what he cares about most – his family.
"One of the most enrapturing experiences I've had at the movies in 2013: fiercely, grandly humanist, and almost unbearably tragic." Maryann Johanson FLICK FILOSOPHER
"The influence of Ken Loach makes way for the dynamics of a Quentin Tarantino-style heist. The result is an expertly crafted heartbreaker that cuts to the core of desperate lives." Allan Hunter DAILY EXPRESS
"Ellis proves that the slow-burning thriller can still work as both an entertainment and as a penetrating social critique." Eddie Harrison THE LIST