Director: Sean Elis
Starring: Althea Vega, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla
UK/Philippines, 2013, 1 hour 55 minutes, subtitles
A terrific piece of socially aware world cinema this morphs into a tense, gripping crime-thriller with an ingenious twist that defies expectations. The signs are ominous when country bumpkin Oscar moves his family from the rural Philippines to Manila, where the naive newcomers are soon broke slum-dwellers, struggling to feed their young kids and sliding into poverty. Against the odds, Oscar lands a job as a security guard, but he falls into bad company and soon finds himself out of his depth in an unpredictable scam. Pacy, engrossing, and with a stellar turn from the plucky schmuck protagonist, this is a vivid, emotionally engrossing, under-the-radar surprise.
Winner Audience Award Sundance Film Festival 2013
Winner Best Director and Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2013