Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Movie Review: Tuos

Pina-ilog (Nora Aunor) is chosen to be their village's "Binukot", a maiden selected as the fairest amongst the women in her village, confined to her house, never allowed to go outside. She is chosen to keep the traditions alive, memorizing the chants, dances, and performing them.

She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Dowokan (Barbie Forteza). When the sanctity of the "tuos" becomes threatened, putting Dowokan in danger, Pina-ilog realizes that she cannot just stand aside. Pina-ilog finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of tradition, which have shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.

Kudos to Tuos for its production value at it's best A well made native film with topnotch performance by Nora Aunor and Barbie Forteza. I appreciate the film style and execution that includes shadow play act in telling the story. The film has direction and vision that would like to point and they succeed on it. Tuos could be notice abroad as this kind of film has a strong appeal in international market. Tuos is commendable to watch and a great contender for Best Picture in this year's Cinemalaya Film Festival.

My Verdict:  4/5


The Cast and Crew of Tuos at the Gala Night of Tuos

Barbie Forteza at the Gala Night of Tuos

Filmmaker Derick Cabrido at the Gala Night of Tuos

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