Ma' Rosa (2016)
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Critic Reviews for Ma' Rosa
There's nothing profoundly original here, but there's no denying the atmosphere of squalid authenticity.
Even Tangerine, the movie famously shot on an iPhone 5s, looks better. Not that a sharper image would much improve this chaotic portrait of police corruption.
Ma'Rosa is made with control and clarity, a narrative purpose which is held on to despite an apparently aimless docu-style, and a clear sense of jeopardy.
Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it's a work of understated confidence ...
Ma' Rosa just looks chaotic, but has structural clarity and purpose.
Audience Reviews for Ma' Rosa
It looks poorly made and amateurish, unable to offer any actual insight into its protagonist and dragging with many long takes of people walking from one place to another instead of cutting straight to what matters, and it is more obvious and predictable than it thinks it is.
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