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Homecoming (2003)

The movie tells the story of Abigael Edades who returns to her Philippine hometown from her five-year stint as a nurse in Canada. Her town mates rousingly welcome her as a hero, the crass ... See full summary »

Director:

Gil Portes
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alessandra de Rossi ... Abigael Edades
Elizabeth Oropesa ... Mrs. Edades
Bembol Roco ... Mr. Edades
Lester Llansang ... Jepoy
Bryan Homecillo Bryan Homecillo ... Noel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irma Adlawan
James Blanco
Dexter Doria
Christopher 'P.J.' Malonzo Christopher 'P.J.' Malonzo
Allan Paule
Richard Quan
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The movie tells the story of Abigael Edades who returns to her Philippine hometown from her five-year stint as a nurse in Canada. Her town mates rousingly welcome her as a hero, the crass moniker ascribed by the government to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos working abroad. She finds her family in tatters, her parents estranged and living apart and her brother Jepoy living the life of drugs. But she basks in the welcome of her mother and youngest brother Noel and the devotion of her boyfriend, who proposes marriage. Her happiness is short-lived. She is diagnosed with SARS and contaminates Noel. They cause a national scare, are quarantined in Manila and are shunned by their own townspeople and the municipal government. Even her boyfriend leaves her. The hero becomes a heel. "Just a month after my return, my views on life and the people around me have irrevocably changed," she says at the start of the movie. Written by Cinema Partners

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Her journey begins when she returns...

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

English | Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

15 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Budget:

PHP 9,000,000 (estimated)
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(original)

Color:

Color | Color (Fujicolor)
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The production initially wanted Vilma Santos to play Edades' mother. She, however, turned down the offer saying that it was only a supporting role. See more »

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An effective drama
1 January 2009 | by jcranmaSee all my reviews

Homecoming is a very low budget film even by Filipino standards. Nevertheless, it is an excellent film that shows a family (mainly focused on de Rossi's character) going over a tough time. It doesn't solicit the audience's sympathy in an obvious manner. It doesn't glamorize life nor does it feature the over the top acting in other Filipino films. In fact, it is very brutal in portraying the dynamics of migrating and the changes it brings to one's family life/extended community. I would have given this a 9.5 if not for the lackluster film transfer. Note: I watched this in the original language w/o subtitles. Therefore, I can't comment on it.


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