"Anne Nelson's historical drama has a lacerating beauty. Set in Manila in 1902, during the raging Philippine-American War, it manages to compress a continuous cycle of conquest and retribution into one night of charged encounters between a naïve young soldier (Brett Holland), whose job it is to guard an ailing military officer on trial, and the Filipina nurse Maridol (Julie Danao-Salkin), who is there to ease the accused man's suffering before his trial resumes again in the morning. Major Waller (James Matthew Ryan) is like a figure out of Conrad—bloodshot and ravaged, accused of enigmatic crimes, half-mad with memory. Nelson, a former war correspondent, brings eloquence to this wartime drama, and the director, Chris Jorie, elicits quietly incisive work from his cast."
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