“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”- Honore de Balzac
Definitely a movie with a heart.Iya Mina gave it her all.She took us to the streets as she portrayed the Role of Mamu- A Mama San to many, life for her takes a different turn when her sister dies leaving behind Bona that she has to care of.Her lover, portrayed by Aaron Villaflor didn’t like the idea of having Bona around as she partakes in Mamu’s life .Bona, at first find it hard living with Mamu as she felt she wasn’t welcomed .Bona meets Franco ( Jovani Manansala ) who flirts with her and eventually becomes her boyfriend much to the dismay of the cutie Kiko ( Marcus Paterson) who is so “torpe” to confide to Bona.
The story line is simple yet it is able to take us to a different understanding of how ordinary things came to be.How can a transgender take all of this and be a mother ?How can society be more accepting of such set up? The film was able to create a premise that it can be done and that love supersedes everything.I loved the fact that Iya Mina didn’t have to alter her voice to fit the role- that gave the film authenticity that it rightfully deserves. EJJallorina as Bona was casted so perfectly as the character he portrayed was able to match Mina’s acting prowess.
The entire cast was so wonderful to watch.It is not so much of heavy drama as smart humor definitely is put into play for the film to thrive.Funny, dramatic and beautifully told I am at awe of this masterpiece by Rod Singh. Cheers to MAMU and a Mother too! Cinema One Originals would run up until the 21st of October.Let’s go out and support local!
Photo credits: Erickson dela Cruz