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Noy (2010)

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Panalo, Patalo: Sugal ng Buhay sa Kapalaran at Eleksyon

Ni Rolando B. Tolentino

May scoop ang pelikula: ang footage ng kampanya ni Nonoy Aquino sa pagkapangulo. Sa unang tingin, mukhang ginawa ang pelikula para sa kampanya ni Aquino. Mayroon din namang katatohanan dito. Ang katukayong Noy (Coco Martin) sa pelikula ay jologs na naghahangad ng quickie na solusyon sa buhay, tulad marahil nang napakaraming Filipino na linggo-linggong umaasa sa lotto at serbisyo sa simbahan, El Shaddai at iba pang mega-churches.

Pinalsipiko ang diploma at credentials, pumormang journalist sa kompanyang media na pagtratrabahuan at nagbakasakali na pumusta sa ikagaganda ng buhay. Sa huli, unang nadiskubre ang kanyang kawalang-alam sa pagiging journalist (na ipagtataka kung bakit siya napasok sa inner media circle ni Aquino), at malaon, ang dispalsipikadong credentials na magtatanggal sa kanya sa trabaho.Read complete review

The Documentary and the Narrative at a Disjuncture that Works

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

Noy is a film well-directed by Dondon Santos and released by Star Cinema. Here is a film that is a documentary within a narrative. The contrast and the disjuncture of the two genres, that of the documentary for television with jerky and almost technically violent footage, and that of the melodramatic, sleek narrative meshed together. Its message is in its form. A narrative with its Act I, introduces the characters, Act II, the body with all the details of the characters, the conflict presented and climaxing with the brothers drug involvement and Act III, the resolution of either the death or the satisfying future of the protagonist.Read complete review