Messina, an outcast and failed fortuneteller returns to her hometown to save her daughter Claire from a syndicate that aims to exploit her gift of fortune telling. When Messina returns, she... See full summary »
Glaiza de Castro,
The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »
A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, ... See full summary »
A group of teenagers is having a vacation in a remote coastal town in a far-away province only to be murdered one by one by a mysterious psychotic killer. They must unravel the real killer before all of them will be murdered.
Joseph (Raymart Santiago) is a young doctor who returned to his hometown in the Mountain Province to bury his father, an Ifugao chieftain, who was killed during a tribal dispute. While ... See full synopsis »
Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small ... See full summary »
Fidel is a "closet" gay and Julie is a flaming "queen," but they are bosom buddies. Fidel has been paying for the education of young Efren, but is unable to confess his love for him--until ... See full summary »
They are two women in love with one man. One is the wife, the other is the mistress. And between them, the man whose love and time they share. But even the most discreet of affairs can be ... See full summary »
Danny L. Zialcita
Truth Cleanses the Soul, and Carelessness Condemns it
Revealing the truth cleanses the soul, yet carelessness in doing so will condemn it. The knife cuts both ways. After 30 years in a prison work camp for a crime she did not commit, Horacia makes revealing the truth a priority in her life. With righteous fire she begins a quest to expose the true culprit. Her mark is Rodrigo; an arrogant and privileged former lover. Unlike Rodrigo, Horacia has a heart and this sensitivity and sympathy for others makes her vulnerable to distraction, to being found out before she has a chance to strike, or to losing her resolve in some way. Yet her good heart is also her strength. As Horacia closes in on Rodrigo, unexpected circumstances intervene.
This beautiful black and white film provides a intriguing portrait of small town Philippine society. Ambient sounds of wind in tree branches, tires on pavement and bird songs, lend authenticity to the images. At nearly four hours, the fans of "slow film" will certainly be in for an enjoyable, albeit snail-paced ride. I really enjoyed exploring the theme of how holding onto the truth, to hopes in your heart and helping others, invites both vulnerability and vindication. Winner of the golden lion and top prize at the 2016 Venice film festival.
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