Sunday, July 22, 2018

NEOMANILA (Directed by Mikhail Red)***


Toto, a young teen, is taken in by Irma and Raul, two very poor people caught in gang warfare who murder in order to get meth. They both like Toto, but things become heated and complicated for poor Toto. 

He can’t find money to get his brother out    of prison nor anyone who will confess to the crime he is in jail for.  Irma teaches Toto how to shoot, and Raul teaches Toto that suspect and victim are one and the same in Manila. This gritty, bare-bones dark film is raw     and realistic. Violence and ominous threats 
  are ever-present. (Screened at New York Asian Film fFstival)

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