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Perfumed Nightmare (1977)

Mababangong Bangungot (original title)
A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.


Kidlat Tahimik


Kidlat Tahimik
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Cast overview:
Mang Fely Mang Fely ... Kaya
Dolores Santamaria Dolores Santamaria ... Nanay
Georgette Baudry Georgette Baudry ... Lola
Katrin Muller Katrin Muller ... Mutter (as Katarina)
Hartmut Lerch Hartmut Lerch ... Big Boss
Kidlat Tahimik ... Kidlat


A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

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Comedy | Drama


Did You Know?


In the scene in Germany, the pregnant woman who goes into labor in the back of the jeepney was played by Kidlat's real life wife Katrin De Guia and the child she was carrying was their first child Kidlat De Guia. In the film, you can hear the woman say his full name, Kidlat Gottlieb Kalaayan. See more »


When Kidlat proudly displays his envelope supposedly from Voice of America in Washington DC, it has an American stamp but no postmark. Therefore, it could not have been mailed from the US or any other country. See more »


Kaya: When the typhoon blows off its cocoon, the butterfly embraces the sun.
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A Nutshell Review: Perfumed Nightmare
20 November 2007 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik calls Perfumed Nightmare his "magic carpet", as over the last 30 years, his first film is still bringing him to countries and film festivals around the world, reintroducing the film to new audiences and film students when it's screened in universities. An unconventional film, it is quite hard to believe that this monumental effort is a first film, having captured life in the village, before going overseas to Paris and Munich for the latter half.

Kidlat Tahimik stars as himself, in a semi-autobiographical way, that traces the life of a village boy, and his journey to the outside world. It's like a coming of age story with relevance to today still, with the impact of globalization more keenly felt as the modern world feels more like a global village, and with the almost inevitable assertion and influence of dominant popular cultures over traditional values.

Kidlat (the movie character) is a Jeepney driver, who is an aeronautical buff, having hailing himself as President of the Werner Von Braun club in his village of Balian. A fan of the Voice of America radio show, he gets offered to go to Paris by an American on a botched jamboree (which was then, and still is now, a very keen inclusion of the said country's foreign policy style), to work in the gumball vending machine business. That basically forms the gist of the outline as imagined by Kidlat the filmmaker, who worked on this without a prepared script.

The opening shot where a vehicle crosses to and from a narrow bridge, set the mood of the film - fun, eccentric, unpredictable, almost a mirror of Kidlat's character. Shot on Super 8, the special effects that he had included, and the various narrative techniques incorporated into the movie, makes you marvel at the rather innovative ways a filmmaker with a shoestring budget, gets his story told. I liked very much the fantastical sequences he had put in to tell the back story of his father, as well as the very horrific, almost documentary like style of capturing a village circumcision ritual, which must be seen to be believed, how it will actually would make you reel and feel pain (and you thought the Hard Candy one was bad enough).

There is no doubt that his passion and exuberance shone through this charming, imaginative film, which won him the International Critics Award at the 1977 Berlinale Forum of New Cinema. For those who missed the screening tonight (on 16mm film projection), you can cross your fingers as to a DVD release, possibly as early as next year!

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1979 (Philippines) See more »

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