PC. What is this movie made of? Of an analysis of an economically undeveloped society constituted by a community of discriminatory individuals, before which cinema is structured as an accusatory liberating gesture, cinematographically attached to an ethical look. Lang's "M" and "Fury" are very close to this very different movie. It ends as in a Matarazzo, in a melodramatic exponentiation.
Lino Brocka called this his first novel, though it was his 8th feature film, and it carries the scope and depth of a moralistic, free-swinging, multi-layered fiction which dissects corruption and hypocrisy in the deeply Catholic village life of the Philippines circa early 1970's. I encourage anyone to dig into this very accomplished and ethically expansive title.
A beautiful country, the Philippines, all sunny sandy isles with swaying palms. But what a mess socially, politically - still, forty years on. What keeps Brocka from being just another wallower in filth and cruelty laughing up his sleeve all the while - those are a dime a dozen, and they're awfully dull dogs - is that filth and cruelty make him very angry. This one's often lurid, but has a righteous fury to it.
a great melodrama in the tradition of Douglas Sirk, George Stevens, and contemporary filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. All who have made films that deal with relationships doomed by class separation and elitism. most revealing was Brocka's unapologetic portrayal of the Spanish elite that still remains in the Philippines, as well as the "big brother" depiction and hypocrisy of the Catholic church.