Ma Daat Lin Na
2021 / 97m - Hong Kong
Madalena poster


August 03, 2022


A very sweet though tragic romance. It's a film that follows in the footsteps of Isabella, but the title is in fact a reference to two different people. It's not the most original of films and director Emily Chan didn't quite do enough to set it apart from similar works, but if you're looking for a quality, Macau-based drama, this is an excellent choice.

Lena is a young mother who works in Macau, hoping to support her daughter who remained in Mainland China. She works two jobs, but even that isn't quite enough to provide for her family. A lonely taxi driver takes pity on her and helps her out from time to time. The two grow fond of each other, but a secret from Lena's past is coming back to haunt her.

The cinematography is nice, with lots of colorful nighttime footage, the performances are great and the chemistry between the leads is more than sufficient. The drama is pretty predictable though and a somewhat cheap mid-credits scene does its best to ruin an otherwise fitting ending. It's a good film, Chan just needs to find a way to better differentiate herself from the rest.