“Foster Child” is a slice of life. This is reality stripped to its core. There are slivers of truth scattered in the long running hours of the film that sparkle like gems amid the bleak Manila setting. In watching films like these, one must learn the virtue of patience – to be patient enough to appreciate the beauty that only subtlety and realism can bring. There is also no room for explanations. Take this film as it is. An exemplification of the “show, don’t tell” principle.
Moreover, Cherry Pie Picache deserves a standing ovation for her honest portrayal of the foster mother role. Her acting is so genuine that acting workshops cannot teach that to non-mothers.