Hollywood’s Variety praises Jodi Sta. Maria’s performance in Adolf Alix Jr.’s Chassis

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Hollywood entertainment magazine Variety praised Jodi Sta. Maria’s performance as a homeless mother in Adolf Alix Jr.’s Chassis. Sta. Maria’s character Nora, who was forced into prostitution for her daughter, was described in Variety as having "a blank face that lingers in the memory." The review reads: "Present in practically every scene, Sta. Maria is quietly compelling as a woman with a single, unshakable reason to live."

Sta. Maria told Inquirer.net that she has never done anything like Alix’s film. "We shot without a script. We just had an overview of the story. It’s also not easy to work in the Port Area... Before the shoot, we immersed ourselves in the community. We also shot scenes chronologically so that I’d get a feel of the character." She added, "It helped that I’m a mother. I understood Nora. If I were in her situation, I’d do anything for my child too."

Audience also "raved about Jodi’s performance" in the 15th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea held this month, Alix told PEP.ph. During the question-and-answer portion after the screening, Sta. Maria spoke in Filipino and had an interpreter translate her answers. She told Inquirer.net, "I just wanted to do it. I was just being a proud Pinay."

Chassis will be screened in the Philippines on December 1, Alix told PEP.ph.

For more on this story, log on to Variety.com, PEP.ph and Inquirer.net.

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