Saturday, 20 August 2011

Confessional [Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto, 2007]

Nope.  This independent film was something I wasn’t aware of.  It was released sometime in 2007.  More likely, I was already in Sweden when it went out.  Lucky enough, Bebe was Googling for Tagalog movies before heading to bed last night when he chanced upon Confessional.  He asked me if it sounded familiar.  First thought… hmmm… it sounded like a porn film.  Checked IMDB.  I was wrong [big time!].  Confessional is a comedy-drama-documentary indie film  and with a dashing 8.2 out of 10 viewer rating, curiosity took one step forward and bam! ---  I spent my ninety minutes watching it after lunch today.  It was one of the good ninety minutes of my life, I have to say.

Confessional is an interesting movie from start to finish.  It captures the attention of everyone watching it.  It’s well written and directed.  Most parts of the movie centers in Cebu City, starts and ends in Manila with suitable scenes in Mindanao.  Confessional offers a number of surprises.  The ending’s brilliant as it reveals how the characters’ lives and stories are stitched together.  Indeed, the world is a small place and karma is like a boomerang.  What you throw at others will eventually come back to punch you in the face [at least, that’s what the ex-mayor of an anonymous Mindanao town, Lito Caliso learned from his devilish acts].

Some more taglines and quotes from the movie Confessional:

Ryan Pastor [Jerrold Tarog]:

“I am not making judgments.  I’m just saying lying is a basic need.  Like clothes and food.  We don’t have a choice.  The more people there are around you, the more you’re forced to lie.  Ideally, one should keep a few well-chosen friends.”

“I admit it’s the first time I’ve seen someone get murdered.  But do you know what’s really on my mind?  That was a f******** cool shot.”

“No one wants the truth because it’s meant to stay hidden.  Safe and sound.”

“We all have our little parades.  We all have screen presence.”

Lito Caliso [Publio Briones III]:

“Parades are a perfect metaphor for our society. Our parades... anywhere in this country... they'are all about dressing up in tribal costumes whose heritage we've lost while praising a god whom we fear more than understand. And this religion we claim is ours... we follow it but don't understand it.”

“I’m talking about us.  We’re all about appearances.  Smiles.  Have you noticed that we measure our success by the approval of outsiders?  We have to keep a happy face for the world so we can hide the fact that we’re not moving.  History.  The illusion of progress.  It’s a vicious circle.  I thrive in it.  And the rest of the society just adapt.”

If you still haven’t watched Confessional, find sometime to do so.  It’s a work of art - something you do not want to miss.

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