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Bola

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An indie film called BOLA is currently making waves as it delves into the controversial subject of corruption in the setting of small-time barangay basketball leagues. BOLA stars newcomer Kenneth Salva as Lester, the star player of their community basketball team who dreams of playing at the country's premier league, but encounters a problem on the way to PBA (Philippine Basketball Association). He meets Pandy (Arnel Ignacio), a couturier who is smitten by Lester's looks. Pandy becomes the team's manager and helps him become part of the college's varsity team. Pandy is obviously in love with Lester, a straight guy devoted to his childhood sweetheart Denise (Sofia Valdez). Lester is at a ...

  • DirectorLem Lorca
  • Runtime: 1 hr 16 min
  • StudioUnavailable
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Bola

Chicago Tribune
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Mana gives us compelling, damaged characters who we want to help -- or hurt.

New York Post
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Never [sinks] into exploitation.

Village Voice
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.

New York Times
Stephen Holden
New York Times

As blunt as it is in depicting child abuse, El Bola is a movie steeped in an ambiguity that lends its conflicts a symbolic resonance.

culturevulture.net
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

Deliberately and skillfully uses ambiguity to suggest possibilities which imbue the theme with added depth and resonance.

All Movie Guide
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A simple, but gritty and well-acted ensemble drama that encompasses a potent metaphor for a country still dealing with its fascist past.

Film Journal International
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

An exceptional film.

TV Guide
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Though uniformly well acted, especially by young Ballesta and Galan (a first-time actor), writer/director Achero Manas's film is schematic and obvious.

Old School Reviews
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Although largely a heavy-handed indictment of parental failings ... the film retains ambiguities that make it well worth watching

ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not employing gimmicks or tipping off the nightmare to be faced,'El Bola' draws us in.