Sunday, 27 March 2016

Movie Review: Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery) revolves around the desperate and harrowing 30-day search of Andres Bonifacio’s widow, Gregoria de Jesus, to find his lost body in the mountains. Despite being sick, hungry, angry, lonely, and nearly mad, she searches for the truth behind her husband’s death.
Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis is a wonderful film of journey on looking back at our history. I like how the film represents the Spanish colonization in the Philippines from religion, mythology up to social developments. The poetic script of the film will surely affect and linger you. The film is like a moving canvas that  was beautifully photographed supported by realistic sound and production design. Its refreshing to see John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual in a Lav Diaz film. The other cast stand out as well in the film, Susan Africa, Hazel Orencio, Joel Saracho, and Alessandra De Rossi whose searching for the dead body of  Bonifacio and the mythological cast, Angel Aquino, Bernardo Bernardo and Cherry Gil. You will not endure the length of the film as it is well crafted and eerily beautiful film with a clear message. Overall the film is compelling, forward-moving, and speaks loud enough to embrace our responsibility for our country.

My Verdict:  5/5

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