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Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (2011)

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Cinema As Pain, Politics & Poetry

By Tito Genova Valiente

The triumph of the film, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, comes from poetry. For lack of a better term, believe me, the optimal praise we can give Yapan’s work is that it has poetry written and sung all over it.

I struggle with that description because the modifier “poetic” has been bandied already for works that are tremulous and fragile. Employed to define the power of film, the same adjective softens and, oftentimes, trivializes a powerful work. Read complete review

Erotisismo ng Salita at Imahen

Ni Roland Tolentino

Sa indie cinema, madalas ay dalawa lang ang modelo—komersyal na umaalinsunod sa template ng genre at narrative development, na may kalkuladong talas dahil indie cinema nga, at mataas na production value, tulad ng sa komersyal na pelikula; at neorealismo na isang-araw-sa-buhay na may kapasidad makapagbigay ng hayag na panlipunang komentaryo, nanggigitata sa pang-araw-araw na detalye, at open-ended na pagsasara ng naratibo.

May ipinapakilala, marahil ikatlong modelo, si Alvin Yapan sa kanyang Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, ang literary mode. Sa isang banda, nasa lebel ng abstraksyon at metapisika ito, o may kapasidad na tumalakay sa unibersal at transhistorikal na katotohanan at tema tungkol sa buhay at pag-ibig. Sa kabilang banda, dahil nakaugat ang piniling panitikan sa kulturang Filipino, ito ay nakaangkla sa panlipunan at historikal na kondisyon ng bansa—sa pelikula, ang kontemporaryong bansa.Read complete review