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LOLA

France / Philippines, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Brillante Mendoza

“Though arthritic and weary, these two gray panthers offer a sharp, unsentimental portrait of cunning and determination.” - Village Voice

In the permanently flooded district of Malabon in Manilla a grandmother (or lola in Tagalog) grieves for her grandson, murdered by a thief. The thief's own lola collects money to help her grandson avoid prison. Connected by crime, two resilient women find themselves linked inexorably to each others' fates.

The Philippines's most prolific contemporary auteur, award-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza (Slingshot, MIFF 2008) offers up a poignant slice of social realism, a neorealist-influenced take on the strength of family, the wisdom of age and the sacrifices made in the name of both.

D Brillante Mendoza P Didier Costet S Linda Casimiro WS The Match Factory L Tagalog w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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