Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.50 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Director: Vincent Sandoval

Writers: Vincent Sandoval, Roy Sevilla Ho

Cast: Vincent Sandoval, Publio Briones, Dominic Milano Palomo, Garry Lim, Richard Manabat

Synopsis: Wanting to quit sex work in Manila and start a new life, Donna, a transgender woman, gets her chance when an old friend asks Donna to look after her 12-year-old son Tomas while she works overseas for a year. Donna moves to a small town to look after Tomas only to find out that the town mayor who is seeking re-election is a crony of one of her regular clients back in Manila. In her efforts to break away from her past, she becomes entangled in the town’s local politics and ends up leading a double life.

Running time: 99 mins.

Trailer: 

Review:

5.0          J. Pilapil Jacobo (Young Critics Circle)

“Contemporary cinema should find in Vincent Sandoval a cause célèbre. His chamber work has demonstrated the diminution of doom in the flamboyant demeanor of an operatic possibility.” (Read full review)

4.0          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“A glossier cousin to Confessional in its tackling of the dirty world of provincial politics. Publio Briones, who was brilliant in Tarog’s film, takes a less showy role here as a ‘frenemy’ to the femme fatale, excellently portrayed by the director (Vincent Sandoval) himself. Barrozo’s score and some languid shots (maybe even Sandoval’s channeling of the Maggie Cheung hip sway) reminded me a lot of In the Mood for Love. Great cast, intelligent but accessible story; in a fair world, this should be a blockbuster.”

3.5          Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Despite the thinness of the acting (with the exception of the always excellent Publio Briones III), Señorita makes for a strangely watchable portrait of a woman dwarfed by the colossal task of ushering in a new start for the jaded and the exhausted.” (Read full review)

2.5          Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“I wish I could give this a higher score but the acting threw me off quite a bit but the material is there and it’s very ripe.”

2.5          Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Medyo off-putting yung acting. The Maria Clara School of Acting was okay sa simula kasi i thought s/he was playing a role. Pero hindi mo na naiitindihan pag dating sa gitna parang mas concern siya sa poise/outfit niya kesa sa emosyon ng character niya. Pero it was very interesting, it has a very different point of view: ang protaganist na Machiavellian at hindi pa-victim, which i like. Pero yung gender empowerment na gusto niya mangyari ay natabunan lang nung ending na kelangan niya din pala ng Knight in Shining Armor.”

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