Sunday, 20 March 2016

Movie Review: Shorts A - CineFilipino FIlm Festival 2016 Short Feature

Old friends-KURDING, SERA, PACITA & HERMIE-are in the sunset of their lives. When they ride the infamous Oktopus ride at a local carnival, the next thing we know: Hermie is dead.
The friends who have been left behind continue to mourn together at Kurding's house right after the funeral. And as they ruminate on their friendship and their own loneliness over drinks, BENOK-Kurding's grandchild - joins this "for adults only" table. Now Kurding, Sera, Pacita & Benok argue on who is going to die next.

My Verdict:  3.5/5 

Along with a few families, migratory birds find home on the grassy wetlands inside the vast Pampanga dike. Two brothers make their way to town for a bottle of petrol on a quiet afternoon.

My Verdict:  4/5 

Maita has decided to work abroad as a migrant worker to give her
daughter Mika, a better future.  She spends her last moments with Mika by taking her to school for the first time.  She then undergoes emotional transference, a process which alters her emotions and memories. All this happens amidst the backdrop of a dystopian Philippines, where human labor exportation has become the country’s ONLY viable industry.

My Verdict:  5/5  

An 11-year old girl, has had enough with all the villains in her life: her uptight mother; uncaring sister; the stringent teacher; and school nemesis, Jeff Flestado.
Deciding to take matters on to her own hands, Luna sets out a strategic plan to break everyone's expectations of her.

My Verdict:  3/5 

Below the 1000 steps to the peak of Minalungao, Carol chases her husband, Pido as they cross a river. As they go on the stairway, they chattered along until they rest in a ruined hut, bringing up their dream of a child. Shortly after, their conversation turns into an argument but still they continued. Reaching the peak, Carol rests in front of a glass cross and walks into a viewpoint along with Pido, as she decides to end her journey with him.

My Verdict:  3/5 

Katok plays around the idea of this certain kind of rejection and how this normalized behavior is seen through the eyes of Jepoy, a twelve year old boy on his first day on the streets.  A gesture as simple as knocking can mean something more to a beggar working under the syndicates, and can ultimately lead to it’s most dreaded conclusion.

My Verdict:  3.5/5    

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