Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.00 (9 ratings)

Director: Laurice Guillen

Writer: Irina Feleo

Genre: Drama

Cast: Tirso Cruz III, Shamaine Buencamino, Ina Feleo, Rez Cortez

Synopsis: The film is a tribute to Guillen’s late husband Johnny Delgado, with Tirso Cruz III serving as a surrogate for the actor. The film follows the actor’s wife (played with stunning gravity by Shamaine Buencamino) as she deals with his death, mourning with friends and seeking out a daughter that he had hidden from her. (From Click the City)

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Reviews: 

4.5        Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Mayaman ang pelikula sa personal na paghahanap ng totoong aktor. Posibleng ang take ay nami-miss lang natin si Mr. Delgado pero sa ilalim nito, nand’un ang patuloy nating pagkilatis sa kung ano nga ba ang nasa likod ng maskara, actor ba o star?” (Read full review)

4.0        Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Maskara conceals as much as it reveals. The film, more than an impassioned tribute to a loving and beloved husband for Guillen, father for Ina and executive producer Ana Feleo, and esteemed artist and friend for the other actors who appeared in the film, is a document on the power of art, to communicate and to heal.” (Read full review)

4.0        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Maskara by director Laurice Guillen is often made for uncomfortable watching. Note that this is not because it’s bad: Guillen is in fine form as a director, and the movie is smartly edited and generally well acted. But it’s an intensely personal project, and I couldn’t help but feel like an intruder at some points.” (Read full review)

4.0        Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

“Scriptwriter Ina Feleo, with some help from scriptwriting maven Armando Lao, presents a heartfelt, moving tribute to Johnny Delgado, her late father (and Laurice Guillen’s husband). His presence fills every nook and cranny of the movie: from his paintings adorning the house; to his daughters, Ana and Ina, who both appeared in the film; and to the various fine performances that recall his ‘no acting’ approach to performing.” (Read full review)

4.0        Carl Papa (Whatever,  Carl)

“I loved it. It was personal, beguiling and heartfelt.  The performances were all ace.  Ina Feleo was superb in her small role towards the end.  Every character had their moment, and it was really engrossing and memorable.” (Read full review)

4.0        Mental Clutter

Maskara is the story of remembering the life of someone, and remembering why we are still alive, still existing in this world. It is a reminder that we must celebrate in spite of the surrounding sadness.” (Read full review)

3.5        Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“I have to acknowledge that Maskara is actually Guillen’s best work for a long time, and by best I am afraid that it has to stand in comparison with her awful movies of recent (Santa Santita, I Love You Goodbye, Sa ‘Yo Lamang) and the contrast gives it a rather much obvious appreciation.” (Read full review)

3.5        Nickie Wang (Without Wang-Wang)

“The story itself is moving, and the way it is told echoes the director’s brilliance in storytelling. The actors are exceptional as well.” (Read full review)

Capsule:

4.5        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“Who said that it was ten years ago when Guillen made a comeback via Tanging Yaman? This, Maskara, is not only a comeback, it’s her return to form. Welcome, Ms Guillen!”