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The Natural Phenomenon of Madness (2012)

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Away From the Title: The Natural Phenomenon of Madness

By Tito Genova Valiente

A woman meets up with her rapist. They spend a great deal of time talking about something else, some other persons other than themselves. They never talk about the rape and they really never dwell about them being together, or even apart.

The man and the woman have no biographies. The story is not clear about their genealogies, nor are their psychologies revealed to us, or at least hinted. Thus, with the absence of any past that may ingratiate the two to us, in forms of sympathies and empathies, we expect the audience to be voyeurs, eyes stuck close to peeping holes and silent and silenced as they view the events transpire and pass by. With no future in the horizon for these two beings, they thrill us for the open spaces of relationships that the film opens with a lovemaking scene, without the love, and without the woman seemingly enjoying it. We assume the man enjoyed the act on the premise that for men, the acknowledged initiator of any kind of coupling, any sex act is always delicious.Read complete review

Ngayon At Bukas Ng Sineng Filipino

Ni Bienvenido Lumbera

The Natural Phenomenon of Madness ang kakatwang pamagat ng pelikulang nakasentro sa naganap sa pagkatao ng isang babae at ng lalaking sangkot sa kaso ng panggagahasa. Ito ba ay ulat tungkol sa nabanggit na kaso? Para kasing medical report. Baka naman pagpapaliwanag ng isang psychiatrist batay sa kanyang naobserbahan sa kilos at pagsasalaysay ng babaeng biktima. O kaya ay ulat ng isang sosyolojis na naging kapalagayang-loob ng rapist.

Pero ang pamagat ay pamagat ng isang sine. Kung produkto ito ng industriyang sa mahabang panahon ay nagsilbing tagapagbili ng aliw, paano kaya nito maaakit ang madlang noo’y dumumog sa talkilya nang paglawayin ang mga ito ng Diligin ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa na tinampukan ng eksenang sinipsip ni Joseph Estrada ang hita ni Gloria Diaz na kinagat ng ahas, at pinangakuan ng maiinit na tagpo ng pagtatalik nina Charito Solis at Ricky Belmonte sa Hugasan Mo ang Aking Kasalanan?Read complete review