... Maricel Soriano
Carmen Castro gets pregnant after having an illicit affair with a married man. She confides her problem to her best friend, Stella. Both her lover and Stella strongly suggest abortion but her landlady Aling Juling, a fanatic born-again Christian, advises her to let the child live. Though torn between guilt and practicality, Carmen opts for the latter. Her trial is made more painful as she witnesses the murder of Aling Juling and the breakdown of Stella. Worst of all, she is left by her lover. Carmen survives these misfortunes and emerger from the experience wiser and stronger. In the movie, Bernal boldly attempts to touch on the topic of abortion, a subject that is consided taboo in Philippine society, as well as the issues brought about by male chauvenism and hyprocisy.
Mahal mo ba ko dahil talagang mahal mo ko o dahil dapat lang?
- Maricel Soriano from Hinugot Sa Langit.
The entire cast is simply superb. Depressing as the subject matter is, the atmosphere provides visual interest and there's always the joy of watching great acting.
As for the abortion theme, the procedure isn't glorified in any way. The woman involved is almost desperate, and even though Carmen's methods seem relatively benign, the woman's fear and sorrow at what she is doing is achingly evident. Maricel Soriano's heart-wrenching realization of what she's done, and the impact it will have on her family, is acting of the highest order. The camera stays on her face unflinchingly, and you feel every ounce of her pain.
I agree that Hinugot Sa Langit is one of the best films ever made. It has a legitimate timeliness and definitive social relevance. Bernal's script has all the subtle nuances of "real" people reacting to a domestic crisis.