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Dagitab (2014)

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Panandaliang Liwanag sa Kakaibang Pelikula

Ni Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera

Narito ang isang kakaibang sineng Pinoy. Kakaiba dahil bahagi ng istratehiya ng naratibo ang sinadyang pag-iwas sa paglilinaw tungkol sa relasyon at tunguhin ng mga pangunahing tauhan. Hindi tayo sanay sa ganitong pelikulang Filipino. Nakagawian na ng karaniwang pelikulang Filipino na alagaang nasusundan, sa pamamagitan ng dialogo at eksena, ng mga manonood ang nagaganap sa kalooban ng mga tauhan. Sa Dagitab, pinag-iisip ng iskriprayter ang mga manonood habang tumatakbo ang naratibo. Tatlong tauhan ang nasa sentro ng kuwento–-mag-asawang propesor at propesora, sina Jimmy (Nonie Buencamino) at Issey (Eula Valdez) sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at isang estudyanteng bagong pasok sa unibersidad, si Gab (Martin del Rosario), isang teenager, inaanak ni Issey.Read complete review

Sparks and Sparkles

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival brings to the fore Dagitab directed by Giancarlo Abrahan who belongs to a new breed of young filmmakers. Dagitab is a standout. Abrahan, who also wrote the screenplay, shines and shows his mettle as an ace director. He just shouts it out that this film may not be for everybody. But then again... it maybe for everyone. It is for all those who will allow themselves to walk with him as he dares tread where directors fear to go. The poetic, the lyrical, the theorizing... the long takes to allow moments of visual pleasure together with the reading of silence. Setting of the breathing space, time for reflection to attain the rhythm of knowing in contemporary times. The film has texture.Read complete review