A movie production company wants to make a film based on a newspaper report of a man convicted of raping his granddaughter. The producer and director interview the girl and her mother, ... See full summary »
A movie production company wants to make a film based on a newspaper report of a man convicted of raping his granddaughter. The producer and director interview the girl and her mother, assuring them that the film will be tastefully done. But when the women turn up for the screening, they are dismayed to find their story turned into a sexploitation flick called "Lust for Flesh." They leave the cinema halfway, feeling they have been violated all over again. Written by
Jeffery Jeturian's Tuhog is one of those rare moments in Philipine cinema which when you encounter, it will leave an indelible mark on you. Jeturian's style reminds me of the late-great Lino Brocka whose films are mostly about poverty, life in the barrio, and self-redemption. I just wished that with its very rich soul, the movie would be perfect if it was technically enhanced from the color, sound and cinematography, it will be at par with the Oscar best pictures. Tuhog uses the film within a film concept, when a director and a screenwriter approaches a young girl in the barrio who was raped by her "grandfather" to get the rights to make her life story into a movie. As they interview her to recount what happened, we see flashbacks of events that led to the rape. Here we learned that her supposed grandfather was actually her father who also raped her mother, his daughter! This is a very sensitive and shocking revelation, but the director didn't go on hysterics and over-the-top direction to reveal the twist.
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