Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.05 (10 ratings)

Genre: Experimental

Writer/Director: Raya Martin

Cast: Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Andres Gertrudix

Synopsis: In another lifetime, a Spanish couple take drugs and teleport themselves through their television set. A troubled young man travels through the countryside and meets a lost woman. During the trip, they discover a museum housing the expatriated paintings of the most important Filipino artist of the revolution. Eventually, the Spanish couple disappear. Inspired by one of the earliest teleportation accounts, which happened between the Philippines and Mexico during the colonial period.

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Reviews:

5.0        Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Buenas Noches España is a trip: part road trip, part acid trip shot on Super 8. Also, it’s a bit of a romantic comedy, only not the kind we’re used to.” (Read full review)

4.0        Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

Buenas Noches gives a new meaning to the ‘road trip’ sub-genre. Igniting from the faint static of a television, to the tree-lined roads of Bilbao (or is it the Philippines?), the film unravels like a delicious psychedelic that grafts a lingering mark in your mind.” (Read full review)

4.0        Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

Buenas noches, España, just like Tree of Life, should be seen and experienced at least once in a cinema with a good sound system. The buzzing sound design is simply amazing.” (Read full review)

3.0        Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“But while this might be key to finding the intent of this film, is it the key to gleaning a narrative and understanding the film as a whole? The dubious have a point. Still the unusual interweaving between these two possible threads, and the red herring that this film represents for the purposes of archaeology, are beguiling and absorbing enough to recommend it to the viewer.” (Read full review)

3.0        Oggs Cruz (Twitch Film)

Buenas Noches, España is more frustrating than it is pleasurable. It is more experiential than intellectual. Just as Tarkovsky has created the most precise cinematic equivalent of space travel, Martin has created the most precise cinematic equivalent of being stuck in time, immobilized by some obsession with the past, with history, never moving forward, never moving backward.” (Read full review)

3.0        Ihcahieh

“Anyway I am thankful for this film because my dreams are like this, except that mine are not really that colorful and there are less sound effects. Still, they both qualify as weird to me.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

3.0        Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema)

“Raya Martin’s Buenas Noches Espaňa—a lethargic, experimental silent about a drugged couple rediscovering the imposing connections between Spain and The Philippines through teleportation—appears to be a psychedelic ride that’s quite unpleasant to the eyes and ears. Backed by screeching, feedback distortions and Super8 footages undergoing color changes, the film repulses the conventions of form and structure for a virtual immersion to a realm difficult to navigate. It’s a polarizing piece with interesting ideas and side notes on our colonial past, but the avant-garde treatment just doesn’t gel well in a full length setup.”

2.5        Arsenio Tan Liao

“Substance vs. art (form). I prefer substance. An audacious attempt/experiment in sights and sounds, though.”

2.0       Kathy Ursua (Cinephiles)

“Na-saturate yata brain ko with the repetitiveness.”

1.0        Fidel Antonio Medel (Pixelated Popcorn)

“Psychedelic, trippy, nauseating, deafening, and unwatchable. Proof that some experiments may be harmful to you.”