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  • Summary: Adela, a former radio personality, celebrates her 80th birthday in the slums of Manila. Alone and without support, she longs for the family and stability of years gone by. Mundane events take on a heightened meaning as Adela gauges her life against those of the sea of humanity. (Visit Films)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    With its art-perfect snapshot of a community-in-flux, Adela calls to mind Pedro Costa's similarly rigorous slum-life portrait "Colossal Youth."
  2. A gem of contemporary neo-realism, the movie offers a ground-level view of a poor but vital community where many residents survive by scavenging bits of recyclable steel and plastic.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Artfully observed, it's content to let Linda be the sole, compelling focal point.
  4. Adela’s troubles feel slight and underdeveloped in the face of the world around her; it’s all too appropriate, in the end, that nature swallows her whole.