Despite her husband Edong’s assurance, Azon Marcelo experiences melancholia as she adjusts to her life as a retired government employee. Their neighbor Chayong introduces the game of Bingo to Azon. After hitting the jackpot, Azon becomes a regular Bingo player hoping to duplicate her initial windfall. But her new sense of purpose and the adrenaline rush from her new hobby would teach her what retirement really means.
Peewee O’Hara, Jerry O’Hara, Donna Cariaga, Dexter Doria, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Johana Basanta
DIRECTORS Milo Alto Paz, Cynthia Cruz-Paz
SCREENPLAY Milo Alto Paz, Cynthia Cruz-Paz
EDITOR Chiarra Mogol
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ogi Sugatan
MUSIC SCORER Isha Abubakar
SOUND Allan Hilado, Aeneid John Pajo
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Bobet Lopez
PRODUCER Ariel Diaz
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Cynthia Cruz-Paz, Milo Alto Paz
“Ardently do today what must be done.
Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”
Retirada explores life’s meaning and purpose in the face of old age and death. The story idea came about as we witnessed how some of our close relatives struggled to live out their senior years after retiring from an active day to day work life. In a society where being young and active is given more merit, growing old can lead to a sense of alienation and even depression as one contemplates one’s own mortality.
The main character of the film begins to question the reason behind her existence. Why are we here? Is growing old a blessing or a curse? How do you find meaning as we eventually grow old and weak?
The pandemic has led us to reflect on what is essential in one’s life. What is my purpose? Where am I going? What is the meaning of life? The exploration of these eternal questions is the impetus for the concept of the film as humanity finds courage and hope amidst the current existential crisis.