Jury Award Best Narrative Feature San Diego Asian Film Fest
Critics' Pick! "A tense and tough-minded family drama" -New York Times
"Brips the viewer from the start... brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray" -Los Angeles Times
"A stellar performance from [Arnold] Reyes, who anchors the film with distress and panic, but also with basic humanity" -Onion AV Club
½ "At the intersection of movie pulp and human truth, the right picture can park itself in your consciousness. Tense and anguished, the kidnapping thriller Graceland is one of those pictures" -Chicago Tribune
Set in the seedy underbelly of Manila, Graceland is an unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller which follows protagonist Marlon Villar (a star-making performance from Arnold Reyes)a father who works as a chauffeur for corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Changowhile struggling to care for his young daughter, Elvie. When Elvie is mistaken for the politician's daughter and kidnapped, Marlon is unwittingly thrown into a larger conspiracy. He must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, an untrustworthy Chango, determined detectives eager to name him a suspect, all without disclosing the fact that the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events progress wildly unaccording to plan, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.
Directed by Ron Morales, 2012, Philippines, 84 mins. In Tagalog with English subtitles.