|Mga Uod At Rosas|
Sadly, the film reinforces some conventional and questionable notions about art. An artist as a solitary figure, an artist as a wretched-angst filled soul, an artist's space as a room-of-one's one and an artist as a middle class male. Socorro's role is also conventional as a woman. Taking care of the house, preparing the food, doing the laundry and washing the dishes. Mga Uod At Rosas also suffers from excess. Ingenious at first was the musical score but eventually becomes unbearable. The dialogue is uneven, sometimes witty turning cheesy at some point and the symbolisms were contrived. In spite of these excesses, the film's sweeping panorama of cityscapes captures its transitory nature with almost painterly quality, the attention to detail in indoor spaces transforming the frames into hand-painted paintings and the evocative use of chiaroscuro, the play of shadows and light to create mood. Danny Dalena's paintings are also vital components to the film's overall theme. Socorro is brought to life through Nora Aunor, the sterling performer. She emanates an inner beauty on screen and is unpretentious in her role. But it is Johnny Delgado's portrayal of Ding who stands out in the film as he turns in an understated, yet nuanced performance that shifts from haughty to endearing and from desperate to hopeful. Lorna Tolentino's exuberance as an actor is a contrapunto to Aunor's restraint. The critical scene and the episode that renders the film thoroughly cinematic is when Ding leaves Socorro. At this point, melodrama flirts with melancholy, an uncanny liaison that takes us to the most fraught of ties, the most alienating of emotions and an emergent tone and terrain of affection. Ultimately, as Mga Uod At Rosas shows, there's still life for Ding and Socorro even after art.
Directed By: Romy V. Suzara
Screenplay: Edgardo M. Reyes
Director Of Photography: Romeo Vitug
Musical Director: George Canseco
Film Editor: Ike Jarlego, Jr.
Production Design: Manny Morfe And Danny Dalena
Produced By: IAN Film Productions
Release Date: May 21, 1982
In Memory of Edgardo M. Reyes September 20, 1936 - May 15, 2012