Not the greatest Filipino movie of all time, but this film definitely is one of the best. Focused and concise, yet compelling. The film's rawness would make you think of and care about what's happening at the "other side". Its almost monotonous tone (which is further exemplified by the characterization of the female protagonist) from start until almost the end, and just broken by that very last scene (with the headshot of Jacklyn Jose while eating), is something that you do not usually see in local movies. A definite must-see.
The film successfully conveys the harrowing dilemma of a family trapped in the hands of corrupt officials, forcing the children to rummage thru resources in dire need of money. Jacklyn Jose's understated performance as Ma Rosa needed more screen time, but nonetheless, was able to manifest horror thru facial expressions, asking questions such as; "how far can you go to provide for thy family?"