Asintado by Louie Ignacio #CinemalayaX
When a 16-year-old kid botches a drug courier job and is facing imminent danger, his mother pushes her autistic son to commit a crime in order to save her firstborn son.
Aiko Melendez makes a movie comeback by portraying Julia, a mother who is faced with a difficult choice. She says about her character: “Tinuruan ko yung autistic na anak ko na walang kamuwang-muwang na gumanti, para masave yung kuya niya.” The family resides in Bibiclat, a remote barrio in Nueva Ecija that has been following the religious tradition of “taong putik,” which is observed during the feast day of Saint John the Baptist.
The devotees smear their bodies in mud and cover themselves with banana leaves and vines. The barrio is now rife with drugs and crime as it is being controlled by the cruel and unscrupulous Carias (played by Gabby Eigenmann).
The drug dealer made a business out of the fiesta by selling the rights to cover a fabricated “taong putik” festival. Jake Vargas portrays the firstborn son Miguel who is penniless and in love with Rita de Guzman’s character. Miggs Cuaderno plays Intoy, the 13-year-old autistic boy who is a skilled marksman using his slingshot (tirador).
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