|Jericho Rosales and Bugoy Carino in a scene from "Alagwa". Photo from the Facebook page of "Alagwa"
MANILA, Philippines – The international trade magazine Hollywood Reporter gave Filipino actor Jericho Rosales a rave review for his performance in the independent film “Alagwa,” which is currently participating in the Busan Film Festival (Window on Asian Cinema).
In “Alagwa”, which has the international title “Breakaway”, Rosales plays a single father whose 9-year-old son, played by child actor Bugoy Carino, becomes a victim of human trafficking.
“Nagging, brusque and hyper-critical, Rosales expertly conveys the over-compensation of the single parent in the tough love Robert shows his son,” The Hollywood Reporter said in its review of the movie, which is only the second film of young Filipino director Ian Lorenos.
“The film owes a great deal to the natural chemistry between singer-actor Rosales and Carino, the child star of the TV series ‘E-Boy,’ whose playful, mischievous nature contrasts with Rosales’s nervous hen approach to child-rearing. Their spontaneity is a welcome change from the usual parent-child sentimentality on screen,” it added.
The Hollywood Reporter called the Filipino movie, which is also co-produced by Rosales, a “powerful” film about human trafficking and a “small gem portraying a father-son relationship with nothing fake or sentimental about it.”
“Lorenos keeps his script firmly in hand throughout, reigning in the emotions until it's time to let them explode. Whereas at first the handheld camerawork and overexposed outdoor shots cry indie too loudly, they become quite expressive as the film goes on through simple but effective changes in focus, pace, and editing rhythm,” the review said.
“Alagwa” also features Leo Martinez, Smokey Manaloto and Carmen Soo.