Film Review: Hamog/Haze

Article By Joy Chiang Ling
Photo by Xue Liang

Ralston Jover’s Hamog tells the heartbreaking stories of four vagrant children in the Philippines. Momoy (Zaijian Jaranilla), an 8-year-old orphan, engages in various hijinks with his friends Rashid (Bon Andrew Lentejas), a muslim boy with a murderous past, Jinky (Teri Malvar), a young girl who was abandoned by her mother, and Tisoy (Sam Quintana), a cowardly teenager who has trouble confronting his family.

After a failed attempt at scamming a taxi driver, the group separates. Jinky is taken away by the driver and exploited as a housemaid. As the boys continue with their misadventures, Mamoy dies in a car accident. Tisoy abandons his last remaining friend, Rashid, who is faced the heavy burden of cialis nausees accumulating enough money to give Mamoy a proper burial.

Hamog is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of impoverished children living on the streets. The talented young actors do a good job at portraying complex characters in dark situations. None of the characters are particularly likeable, but their struggles are so raw and genuine that one simply can’t help but relate to them. The hopelessness is almost tangible; upon conclusion, Hamog will leave its viewers with a greater understanding of poverty, crime and the human need to survive.

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