Quick Take: Bagahe

An OFW who just returned home is summoned by the NBI for infanticide.

Bagahe sensitively handles its heavy subject matter while critiquing the intentions of those involved. Mercy, the woman in question, becomes more and more like a pawn to other people’s vested interests. The case becomes an outrageously sensationalized spectacle, leaving Mercy virtually powerless.

She has to endure the slow, lengthy investigation process, which translates into the film. It feels as if the audience is going through what Mercy herself has to endure. It all pays off, so just be patient with the first act.

Angeli Bayani is this year’s festival best actress. There is no one else that comes close. Seeing veteran actresses Shamaine Buencamino, Madeleine Nicolas, Boots Anson-Roa, Bing Pimentel, and Raquel Villavicencio in one film is a dream come true for cineastes.

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