Rather than milk it for easy melodrama, theater director Loy Arcenas’ first feature Nino, centering as it does on a once illustrious family fallen from grace, tackles the odd and often twisted dynamics of the family drama with wit and sobriety.
Fides Cuyugan Asensio is the film’s center of gravity, a fallen opera diva now taking care of her bedridden former congressman brother in the gorgeous but crumbling ancestral house she shares with her spinster daughter. Her son arrives unexpectedly with his own son in tow, upsetting the delicate balance of their idyllic life.
“Niño is about love, betrayal, survival, music, art, politics, religion. It begs the question ‘just much how much do you give of yourself to family obligations?, a quintessential Filipino dilemma.” (Loy Arcenas, Director)