BosesVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.33 (3 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil

Writers: Froilan Medina and Rody Vera

Cast: Coke Bolipata, Julian Duque, Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao, Tala Santos, Meryll Soriano

Synopsis: Onyok (Julian Duque) is taken away from his abusive father Marcelo (Ricky Davao). He’s brought to a shelter for abused children, where he has trouble fitting in due to his inability to speak. But at the shelter is the mercurial violinist Ariel (Coke Bolipata), who just moved away from Manila after going through a difficult period. Young Onyok hears Ariel playing his violin, and becomes curious. Ariel, though reluctant at first, decides to give the child lessons. And it turns out that Onyok is a prodigy. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: PG-16

Running Time: 100 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Susan Quimpo (Rappler)

“Sans the melodrama all too common in local cinema, Boses is a quiet film, one that grows on you as you follow a seemingly simple narrative that pokes hard questions at the core of your beliefs.” (Read full review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film has aged remarkably well in the interim, the quality of the production holding up, and the grace of its convictions staying true. The story does feel a little underdeveloped, but the overall effect is still rather pleasing.” (Read full review)

4.0         Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Boses hits all the right notes. It presents the painful truth about violence against children—in fact, shows the abuse—but does not highlight it as the central theme. Instead, it is a story of healing and the ability to people to transcend their personal tragedies.” (Read full review)

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