Bamboo Flowers

Bamboo-Flowers-Poster-375x562Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.67 (3 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Maryo J. delos Reyes

Writer: Aloy Adlawan

Cast: Ruru Madrid, Max Collins, Orland Sol, Mylene Dizon, Yogo Singh, Irma Adlawan, Spanky Manikan, Miggs Cuaderno

Synopsis: Tour guide Berta (Irma Adlawan) is having a tough time making ends meet. She’s forced to let her son Omel (Ruru Madrid) travel to the big city to take a job at an electronics store. Luis (Orlando Sol) is studying to be a seaman, but can’t seem to pass his exams. His girlfriend Dolores (Max Collins) is working as an intern at a resort, and dreams of going abroad as well. Sandra (Mylene Dizon), following a painful event back in Manila, returns to her native Bohol, taking her spoiled son Eric with her. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 110 mins.



4.0         Philip Cu-Unjieng (The Philippine Star)

“As direk Maryo was ready to expound, his aim was to create a film that provided family entertainment with light, dramatic moments. This he accomplishes within the context of ordinary lives. As a result, there is a very measured, subdued tone throughout the film.” (Read full review)

2.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Bamboo Flowers, despite some moments of pure, heartfelt emotion, exposes Maryo J. delos Reyes as a filmmaker left behind by the times. He takes his ensaymada of a movie, lays on more butter to it, then adds a layer of jelly, and sprinkles it with chocolate flakes. Despite the material’s sugar overload though, some actors shine: Ruru Madrid is a charismatic presence; Max Collins, despite being physically miscast, is able to plumb the honest core of of her character; but it’s Orlando Sol who is a revelation as a ne’er-do-well who refuses to give up on life.”

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“As a film, it feels overstuffed and melodramatic. It piles on one crying scene after another, the characters so prone to high emotion that it loses all of its effect. There are traces of stories worth telling in here, but they get lost among all the crocodile tears.” (Read full review)

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