Synopsis: The film tells the saga of Rosario, a young and liberated Filipina in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda.
There, she meets and falls in love with Vicente, an older man who manages the tobacco plantation owned by Rosario’s family. When Rosario’s father finds out about his daughter’s scandalous affair, he sends Rosario to a convent.
She escapes, and elopes with Vicente to Manila where they raise a family. But Rosario’s life of married bliss slowly crumbles when Vicente becomes ill with tuberculosis, and she is lured to committing adultery. Temptation and scandal still hound Rosario as she continues to defy the moral restrictions of her time.
Based on a true story and set in one of the most colorful periods in Philippine history, ROSARIO is destined to be a modern masterpiece in Philippine filmmaking. It is a monumental yet intimate portraitof a woman’s emancipation and the sometimes painful consequencesof following one’s desires.
Movie Review: Cinemabuhay’s first offering “Rosario” floored me. The movie wasn’t perfection, but its execution was nearly flawless. The attention to details, to costume, cinematography, musical score, elite cast, I can go on and on to say how meticulousy and throughly studied this film was. Sid Lucero gave an ace performance on this one, even out-acting Dennis Trillo who also gave a predictably great performance. But it was Jennylyn Mercado who hit the nail (the role) right on the head. God only knows how the camera loves her face, and that subtleness acting of hers will have every other teen actress out there be blown out of the water.
The mantra of this film could definitely be “Silence is Golden”.It is often in silence that you get to feel the peak of emotions of the lead character: the sadness, betrayal, love.. It seems as though you are stalking, watching this woman from a far but still got to be moved by her pain and emotions..the brilliance in acting. It’s too bold to say that this is one of the cinematic milestone in Philippine movie but nevertheless Rosario is currently carrying the torch of promise the Philippine movie scene has to offer.
- This is Albert Martinez‘s first directorial feature film.
- This is Jennylyn Mercado‘s first title role for a film.
- This is TV5’s (Studio 5) first movie project.
- Bea Alonzo was first considered to play the role of Rosario.
- An on-the-set Spanish consultant was hired to guide actors when they need to deliver lines in Spanish.
- Rosario is the first to use new Arri Alexa camera (in the Philippines).
official website: http://www.rosariomovie.com