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183 Ratings

The Perfumed Nightmare

Mababangong Bangungot

Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
Philippines, 1977
Comedy, Drama


In Kidlat Tahimik’s 1977 debut, he uses imaginative montage to interweave a heroic journey and picaresque tale, the bid for progress and postcolonial criticism, and existence as a migrant worker in Paris and the way of life in Balian in the Philippines.

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The Perfumed Nightmare Directed by Kidlat Tahimik

Critics reviews

The look and ethnographic detail – tropical forest around remote Filipino village, little boys being circumcised in a playful (but painful) ritual – has a kind of DIY exotica, making the first half unique (think of Werner Herzog making a fanciful autobiographical documentary about ‘Werner Herzog’ and you might be close), but the film really should’ve gone to America in the second half (no idea why it didn’t, presumably budget reasons)…
August 30, 2013
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