Mater DolorosaVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.22 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Writer: Jerry Gracio

Cast: Gina Alajar, Carlo Aquino, Alessandra de Rossi, Cogie Domingo, Felix Roco, Anita Linda, Bembol Roco, Rosanna Roces, Evelyn Vargas, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jason Abalos, Mercedes Cabral, Alwyn Uytingco, Kristofer King, Jess Mendoza, Philip Salvador

Synopsis: It begins with a burst of action, as a man is gunned down in the street, his wife left to tend to him as he lies bleeding on the pavement. It then jumps to years later, when that woman (Gina Alajar) is running her husband’s crime empire while trying to keep her family together. A new mayor brings change to her business, and she and her family are forced to deal with this new development. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

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Reviews:

5.0          Albert Bryan (Chikkaness Avenue)

“This is a film seething with passion, greed, and emotional torture.” (Read full review)

5.0          Epoy Deyto (Kawts Kamote)

“Been said a lot of times that this felt like and holds heavy influence from The Godfather. True. But this having the setting more familiar to us gave more personal touch to the experience.” (Read full review)

4.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Mater Dolorosa is thematically Shakespearean, a chilling portrait of a middle-class family whose members are forced to reckon with the fact that their world is getting smaller as a corrupt state is slowly closing in on them. Bravura ensemble work.”

4.5          Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Gina Alajar takes the character of Lourdes a step further by giving her a memorable and impressive portrayal that is worthy of Best Actress nominations.” (Read full review)

4.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“This is a stunningly well-crafted movie, with gorgeous cinematography, tightly controlled drama, and a stellar central performance from the magnificent Gina Alajar.” (Read full review)

4.0          Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Everything is subdued to the point of nonchalance, even its colors are muted to the brink of gray you assume is the moral tenor of its characters.” (Read full review)

3.5          Fidel Medel (Cinephiles)

“Flawed but gripping. Animal Kingdom Pinoy style. As matriarch of a crime family, Gina Alajar means business.”

3.25        Ira Lastrilla (Cinephiles)

“In its best moments, it reminded me of a James Gray movie, where every action ultimately hinges upon where the money flows. In its worst moments, it becomes The Gina Alajar Movie — every ten-twenty seconds, near the end of the film, there seemed to be a Gina Alajar ‘I’m-ready-for-my-teary-close-up’ moment. By the film’s end, it’s too giddy in appeasing its bloodlust, and therefore follows in the footsteps of every cynical crime film of decades past. Still good.”