Chedeng & Apple

Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 97 minutes

SIFF Says:

Absurdist yet dry cutting humor envelops this part buddy-comedy, part lesbian-romance from Filipino directors Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red. Retired school principal Chedeng is pretty relieved when her demanding elderly husband passes away. She decides it’s time to come out to her remaining family and rekindle her first love, a girl named Lydia who she hasn’t seen in decades. Happy to help is Chedeng’s best friend Apple, who in a fit of justifiable rage murders her own abusive husband. Off with his head! …and into Apple’s favorite Louis Vuitton bag. Off they go across the country to find Lydia, only soon they are running from the law once the body is found. At least they still have his head in a bag. Hunted by Apple’s stepdaughter and Chedeng’s oblivious sons, the duo stumble, laugh, and step in dog excrement on their quest for Lydia, which leads to some unexpected consequences. Perhaps there’s more to this lifelong friendship than either of them realizes. Unbending in its hilarity, audiences will find much to root for between these two criminals.

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Film Credits
Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada
Gloria Diaz, Elizabeth Oropesa
SIFF 2018