Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.50 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Writers: Adolfo Alix, Jr., Agnes P. de Guzman

Cast: Anita Linda, Rosanna Roces, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ina Feleo, Daria Ramirez, Perla Bautista, Liza Lorena, Tetchie Agbayani, Angeli Bayani, Cherry Madrigal

Synopsis: It is a few days before Christmas at a women’s correctional facility. One of the inmates has just died, but the rest of the women continue to prepare for the upcoming holiday. An elderly former actress jailed for dealing drugs (Anita Linda) has her hopes pinned on receiving a presidential pardon. A timid inmate (Ina Feleo) quietly suffers under the heel of a prison boss. Another inmate (Jodi Sta. Maria) does laundry in the prison, trying to make enough money to support her family while fending off debt collectors. The films follows these women and a few others as they live out their existence behind bars, hoping for some measure of salvation as the holidays roll around. (From Philbert Dy’s review)



5.0          Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“The story itself is gripping – each of the characters are alive, memorable, and dynamic. The picture of the prison that Alix paints is that of a humanistic one. We get a slice life of what Correctional environment feels like, and we get to sympathize with each character.” (Read full review)

4.5          Nel Costales (The Persistence of Vision)

“’The fantastic finale elevates the fine film into a great film. Amidst the bevy of memorable performances, the artistry of Anita Linda shines brightly during the breakdown scene and the shooting segment.” (Read full review)

2.5          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“It’s such a delight that we witness this gathering of talent on screen, but it could have been a more fulfilling experience for us if there were a single story that actually made us care. But when such snippets of stories feel nothing more like an afterthought, then you are left with something that’s essentially inconsequential.” (Read full review)

2.0          Philberty Dy (Click the City)

“The film is committed to accurately depicting the everyday life of female inmates in a medium security prison. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, the film goes a bit overboard. In its attempts to avoid melodrama, the film accidentally sidesteps drama altogether. A great cast provides moments of clarity, but the film mostly feels unfocused and inconsequential.” (Read full review)

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