MNL 143 (2012)

If Cinemalaya’s direction has been disputable to some people, the “controversy” surrounding this film made it crystal clear. I don’t say that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Filmmaking has always needed its business side to survive. Yup, apparently opening a caption on MNL 143’s poster with this paragraph is required, because this is is why people have wanted to see it after its Edinburgh opening.

And now to end it: It’s a warm series of snapshots of Manila’s traffic of lives and people. It’s a ride more literally than anything else. Maybe I found it too comfortable… a tad tedious. Maybe it’s because I was too preoccupied in waiting for Joy Viado to hop in.


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