Drama - Completed 2009

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2009
Un Certain Regard
    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Director(s)
    • Raya MARTIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Arleen CUEVAS (Cinematografica), Antoine SEGOVIA (Atopic ), Meixner GERHARD (Razor Film), Paul ROMAN (Razor Film)
    • Synopsis
    • In the early 20th century, at the beginning of American rule in the Philippines, a mother and son run off to the mountains with hopes of a quiet life. Settling far away from the town, deep in the woods, the two manage to live peacefully in isolation despite the growing unrest in the towns. On a hunt, the son mysteriously stumbles upon a woman left wounded in the woods. He brings her home to shelter and takes care of her, despite the silent objection of his mother. Learning that the woman is pregnant, the mother starts to distance herself from them with a growing fear for their lives. Eventually, the son develops a relationship with the woman. The mother grows weak and ill, and eventually dies. Soon after, the woman gives birth to a son. Years later, the family continues to live in isolation away from the struggle and chaos around the country. One evening the child goes missing in the woods, and when he is found later, tells a story of a man cloaked in light. Believing it is a sign of the savior nearing, the father and his son set out to the woods in search of an amulet that would save their lives. As the monsoon rains threaten the landscape, all three find themselves in a battle for survival. The father confronts his growing blindness, the mother deals with her loneliness, and the son continues with his growing curiosity of life outside. When the harsh weather takes his parents’ lives, and the American troops accidentally discover him, the boy is forced to face his real identity.
    • Partners & financing
    • ARTE France Cinéma, World Cinema Fund