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Wretched Lives

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- Angel On The Right
- Khorma
- Mango Yellow
- Margarette's Feast
- Nothing More
- Rachida
- Shadow Kill
- Ticket To Jerusalem
- Women's Prison
- Wretched Lives

 
 

WRETCHED LIVES a film by Joel Lamangan

Philippines, 2001 (102 minutes)

Synopsis

Wretched Lives focuses on Vanessa, a cosmetics consultant who is forced to care for her troubled and mentally challenged sister after the sudden death of their mother. Her hustler boyfriend, Olivier, seems unreliable and Vanessa soon abandons him for Uno, an ostensibly liberal and caring substitute. But Uno isn’t exactly as he seems. In fact, he makes Olivier’s petty crimes look like a choirboy’s indiscretions, underscoring the film’s critical premise: the corruption of the political elite and their exploitation of the poor. Set in the early nineties, during the short-lived and ill-fated reign of Joseph Estrada, the film offers up a society in hellish microcosm. Central to Wretched Lives is its outrage at the manipulation of the poor for purely political purposes. When riots are staged, organizers use the poor as a front and then abandon them, leaving them to distrust even those who actually try to support them. Liberals are only public liberals; when they come home, they follow a completely different agenda. Innocence is a license to be abused.

— Steve Gravestock (2002 Toronto International Film Festival)

 

About the Director

Joel Lamangan studied at theatre, film and television schools in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Germany, Cuba and Australia. He acted and directed for stage and television before moving into feature films. His films include the award-winning Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999), and Muling Umawit ang Puso (1995).

Principal Cast




Crew
Director
Production Company
Executive Producer
Producer
Screenwriter
Cinematographer
Editor
Production Designer
Sound
Music

 

Alessandra de Rossi
Assunta da Rossi
Jay Manolo
Wendell Ramos


Joel Lamangan
Good Harvest Productions
Lily Y. Montererde
Roselle Monteverde
Roy Iglesias
Romula Araojo
Tara Illenberger
Larry Matic
Michael Idioma
Jesse Lasaten

 
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