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Manila grandmothers, Puring and Sepa (Rustica Carpio and Anita Linda - both long standing veterans of Philippine cinema) are in their way the real and tragic victim of a nasty but all too common street killing. One's grandson has been murdered by the other's after a petty dispute.
With little else in the world, Sepa shuffles the streets trying to cover the costs of a funeral, whilst Puring tries to keep her surviving boy out of the overcrowded jail.
Grandmother is a heart-breaking story of the disappointments of growing old, but silent endurance of matriarchal dignity, its strange beauty amplified by its setting amongst the eerily, partially submerged houses of Manila's Malabon district.