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      2012 1h 45m Drama List
      Reviews 94% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A Bajau midwife copes with her infertility as she helps women in her gypsy community. Read More Read Less

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      Ben Sachs Chicago Reader The elemental story and awesome natural imagery create a sense of timelessness, while the intense acting and camerawork make this feel utterly contemporary. Sep 18, 2014 Full Review Guy Lodge Variety Typically arresting direction and a stoically moving lead turn from local industry legend Nora Aunor. Sep 17, 2012 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse Brillante Ma Mendoza's myth was built upon movies like this, particularly because he manages to combine realism, melodrama, and violence in the most artful fashion, in one of the best works of his significant filmography. Rated: 7.5 Apr 16, 2023 Full Review Nicholas Bell It's a curiously built film, but leaves us with a nagging thought that something more succinctly fruitful could have been said. Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Beautiful imagery despite the setting. But Nora Aunor's acting, wow. Just her eyes spoke volumes. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Thy Womb is one of those type of Filipino movies that I want to see more in Philippine Cinema. This is the kind of movie that showcases the other side of the country, the diverse culture of the country and much specially the different realities that is happening in the country. Thy Womb tells a story of a Tausug midwife Shaleha in Southern Philippines who herself has done many childbirths but she doesn't have any child. The conflict happens when her community pressures her husband to bear a child and they had to find a second wife who will bear a child in the traditional practice of giving a family dowry despite of their poor condition. This the first time I watch a film by Brillante Mendoza who has been making waves in international film festival already. And I would say this was a well-executed film though you can still trace some indie feel to it. But despite of some camera shot imperfections, I would say it still good in delivering the cultural aspect of the film's story and its lessons it wants to impart. I'm also glad that these kind of stories are portrayed and given importance in Philippine cinema as this is part of what Philippines is about. This is a film that makes a statement about inclusivity in Philippine culture and people representation. I have no complaints in the leading performances of Nora Aunor, Bembol Rocco and Lovi Poe. They are all compelling. But Aunor is the most effective in portraying Shaleha by delivering the true anguish of a childless wife and shared marriage while being pressured by the community she's expected to conformed with. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member i so love this movie.... hope it will achieve the awards that deserves in the future in new york and other countries that have not seen yet... crossing fingers! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member While it follows the tradition of the slow-paced indie art-house movies, it managed to make every scene interesting and visually striking. The showcasing of the breathtaking ocean backdrop, the Islamic wedding tradition, and some of the Badjao's rich culture should make a lot of people curious. It is also the first scripted-movie I saw that *SPOILER* showed a real-life birthing procedure. 'Thy Womb' is sad in parts but while it has an opportunity to be a sobfest, it strayed away from that route and decided to be a smart but devastating picture of love and sacrifice. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member An intimate story of unconditional love and sacrifice, that also happens to be a showcase of Badjao culture. Thematically rich and visually arresting. Gorgeous seascape in every frame. Nora Aunor gives an understated, but magnetic central performance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member No matter we say about Nora Aunor's personal life was, she is still one of the most authentic actresses out there... Thy Womb is not perfect, a lot of extra shots are not necessary to move the story forward, Mercedes Cabral was not utilized properly but Aunor and Rocco are so good that it made this film compelling. Best MMFF entry so far. I don't take it will win the MMFF as best picture but who cares... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A Bajau midwife copes with her infertility as she helps women in her gypsy community.
      Brillante Mendoza
      Larry Castillo
      Henry Burgos
      Original Language
      1h 45m