2017 · Pinoy Indie

Pauwi Na (2017)

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FILM INFO

Pauwi Na is one of the Official entries of the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino that tackles a story a struggling family who traveled from Quezon City to Bicol Region on a pedicab. A series of unfortunate events will test their determination as they finally make their way home. This movie is directed by Paolo Villaluna under Universal Harbester Incorporated.

Casts: Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Jerald Napoles, Jess Mendoza & Chai Fonacier.

Genre: Family Drama.

Previous Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Movies: Patay na si Hesus (2017)

WHAT I LIKE?

I am just so impressed with Pauwi Na. For me, one of the best Pinoy indie drama made in years. Finally, it is so great to see a quality movie about poverty and family values wrapped in a simple package yet cuts deep with your emotions. Actually, I am literally blown away on how the movie creatively played with its story-telling technique and cinematography from visual editing to production design. At some point, I can see Poverty on beautiful setting. This is somehow a good thing for light-hearted moviegoers since majority of the scenes are not so directly hard-hitting. The scenes are subtle enough to portray hardship and poverty because it will allow you to feel it instead. What I like is the insertion of creative scenes and metaphors in between major setbacks in the story. These interpretations are just brilliantly executed. The plot of the movie flows naturally with very relatable sequences that were all shot beautifully. I also loved their interpretation of Jesus in the movie. Aside from a very impressive Cinematography and Plot presentation, Pauwi Na’s strength is mostly attributed to its very talented casts. Bembol and Cherry Pie were just so delightful to watch on-screen. They both gave meaningful performances. Jerald and Chai were great as well. I must say, all of them were pretty good. Overall, the movie is heartwarming and very inspiring. Its definitely worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can’t say any negative about the film. I enjoyed it as much as I was inspired by its very relatable and light-hearted plot.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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Yes, you may still watch some of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Films here in Davao City. until September 23, 2017.  Visit FDCP Cinematheque Davao here at Palma Gil Street, Davao City. You may call them at (082) 282-4579.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Patay na si Hesus (2017)

 

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When Iyay, a single mother, learns that her estranged husband has died, she drags the entire family on a road trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to attend the funeral. This movie is one of the Official Entries of 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino under the direction of Victor Villanueva.

Cast: Jaclyn Jose, Miles Canapi, Chai Fonacier, Albert Chan Paran, Olive Nieto, Sheen Gener, Melde Montanez & Vincent Viado

Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Patay na si Hesus was a fun ride from beginning to end. The movie was generally light and funny most of the time. What I like about the movie is how creatively the director played on simple scenes and conversations and make it work on the Visayan language and somehow make a striking appeal for its general audience as whole. The plot is actually simple. Its a road trip of a family to pay their last respects for their father. What makes it colorful is their journey towards their destination. The story is not so cluttered with complicated stuffs and sticked only to the realistic side and back stories of each character. Aside from the official medium which is Bisaya, the film really depicts the culture and the way of living of the Bisaya people. The consistency is really there. Well, it was shot in Cebu so its really consistent and faithful to its entire premise. What I love about the movie is it featured good scenes along the Cebu-Dumaguete route. Also, the movie has lots of metaphors and very unexpected scenes that will truly delight your viewing experience especially on the climax part. The simplicity and the genuine approach of the movie is really felt. Cinematography is actually good. Sound engineering is the best since they included lots of Visayan Pop Songs in the movie. Its more of a celebration of the Bisaya culture. I must commend all the characters in the movie. They all did well. Hats off to Jaclyn Jose for being such a brilliant actress. Overall, Patay na si Hesus is light-hearted and heartwarming at the same time. No need to overanalyze the story. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I really can’t point out any negative as I did not focused much on the technicalities of the film. If you are in for some fun, Patay na si Hesus is the right choice.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorns.

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