Metro Manila

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Metro Manila
Sean Ellis, 2013
UK/Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 115 minutes

Poor rice-farmers Oscar (Jake Macapagal) and Mai (Althea Vega) travel from the desolate mountains to bustling Manila with their two young children in the hopes of making some money, only to discover that the exploitation they faced at home is nothing compared to what greets them in the big city. As soon as they arrive they fall into a downward spiral: Oscar takes a hazardous job as an armored truck driver, while Mai is forced to dance at a sleazy strip joint, not an ideal line of work for any woman, much less an expectant mother. This harrowing domestic/crime drama was the much-deserved winner of a 2013 Sundance Audience Award. An Oscilloscope Laboratories release.

Series: Film Comment Selects 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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