The Philippines’ Jaclyn Jose was surprised but elated when she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She is the first Filipino to be conferred with the award.
Jose starred in Brillante Mendoza’s Palme d’Or-nominated film Ma’ Rosa.
Jose was the first Southeast Asian to be conferred with the award.
The Hollywood Reporter’s review of Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa describes the film “not as gorgeously cinematic as his first competition entry in Cannes, 2008’s Serbis, nor as intense and dark as his second Palme-hopeful and best-director winner, Kinatay, this third competition entry needs to lean heavily on its story and characters to keep audiences engaged.”
Another review from Variety commented that Jose “embodies the careworn yet resilient matriarch with naturalistic grace, but she exudes less charisma than Mendoza’s other female leads, notably Nora Aunor (“Taklub”), Maria Isabel Lopez (“Kinatay”) or Mercedes Cabral (“Serbis”)”.
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