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MOVIE REVIEW
Leonor Will Never Die

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Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 1h 41m
Director(s): Martika Ramirez Escobar
Writer(s): Martika Ramirez Escobar
Cast: Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon, Rea Molina
Where To Watch: Now available at www.musicboxdirect.com and available where Blu-rays are sold


RAVING REVIEW: Martika Ramirez Escobar's LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE masterfully interlaces a heartfelt and engaging narrative with a delightful blend of emotion and humor. This ingenious film pays tribute to the golden era of Filipino action cinema while exploring themes of family, grief, and creativity, making it an enjoyable experience for both casual viewers and film enthusiasts.


LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE is the story of a once-famous filmmaker facing the harsh realities of aging, financial hardship, and the tragic loss of her son. In search of comfort, she turns to an unfinished screenplay from her past, which centers on a courageous hero avenging the untimely death of his sibling. Unexpectedly, the filmmaker finds herself unconscious after a shocking accident, only to awaken within her script.

The film is a true visual feast, expertly fusing various genres and styles and elements of magical realism and dreamlike sequences. The talented cast shines in their performances, with the lead actress, Sheila Francisco, convincingly portraying the struggles of an artist seeking redemption through her creative endeavors. The supporting characters enhance the film's emotional depth with their subtle and nuanced portrayals.

LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, brimming with nostalgia and playfulness; the mesmerizing narrative delves into the intricacies of grief, ultimately revealing the healing and uplifting power of the imagination.

As Leonor navigates her fantastical world, she grapples with the nature of the stories she has crafted throughout her career, which often feature over-the-top scenarios reminiscent of an almost multiverse feel. This introspective journey forces her to confront her artistic choices and their potential consequences while examining her identity and values.

Moreover, the film skillfully paints a vivid picture of Filipino life, effortlessly integrating elements of the supernatural and the absurd, resulting in an authentic portrayal of the culture. The narrative soars to new heights as it transcends its initial premise, transforming into an intensely personal exploration with the filmmaker at its core.

LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, a dazzling gem in contemporary cinema, exhibiting remarkable creativity and originality. The film's unique fusion of genres and styles and its emotionally resonant themes set it apart as a standout piece of cinema that will captivate audiences. Humorous, heartwarming, and thought-provoking, LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE is a testament to the power of storytelling and its ability to heal and transform lives.

In conclusion, LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, is a beautifully crafted tribute to Filipino cinema and life in general and a moving exploration of human emotions. It weaves together a multifaceted narrative that transcends traditional storytelling (think EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE.) With its engaging characters, exceptional performances, and innovative approach, this film is a must-see for all audiences.

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[photo courtesy of MUSIC BOX FILMS]