Verdict: Essential Viewing
Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.90 (5 ratings)
Director: Jewel Maranan
Synopsis: Virgie’s family feeds on the fishes that lurk under the industrial ships of North Harbor. Their alternatives are packs of tasteless gelatin found in the same waters. Their forms of entertainment come from imagining stories behind DVD inlays of Hollywood films and Hillary Clinton’s fault written on a tabloid page. She gives birth on the same floor she eats one morning, when no fish can be caught for lunch.
Running time: 78 mins.
5.0 Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)
“The beauty of it is that it does not try to impress. On the contrary, Tundong Magiliw’s aesthetic force is effortlessly persuasive. The images leap from pretty to picturesque without looking like generic postcards, a characteristic that evokes the paralyzing visuals of Agrarian Utopia.” (Read full review)
5.0 Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)
“Through this film, Maranan, in effect, is telling Pinoy TV documentarians that if they only shut up and look closer, they’ll notice more nuances without spoonfeeding their audience with what they can deduce for themselves… By staying mute, Maranan said so much.” (Read full review)
5.0 Don Jaucian (The Almanac of Fall)
“The future is bleak for the people of Tondo. They are boxed in and straitjacketed by the bitter fangs of poverty. But Maranan doesn’t ram the shitty side of slum dwelling down the audience’s throats. This continuing documentary unfolds precariously, working as an immersion into the life of a family deadlocked into Tondo’s inescapable labyrinth. It finds life in the family’s most intimate moments, as they chuckle at Hilary Clinton’s most controversial moments and construct films of their own through covers of pirated DVDs. Tundong Magiliw doesn’t necessarily shatter the image of Tondo as a poverty-infested armpit of the city, but it shows us that there is life throbbing at the unlikeliest of places. The best film of the year so far.”
5.0 Nico Quejano (Pinoy Cinephiles)
“Grabe ang epekto sa akin ng pelikulang ito. Gusto ko dito, walang halong bola. It is what it is. Ilang beses din ako nag cringe sa nakita ko. Pero, grabe lang ang Filipino spirit talaga. Wala ka na makain, yet may time ka pa to decorate your house with movie posters.”
4.5 Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)
“Ito ang totoong SONA, walang labis, walang kulang. Sobrang powerful n’ung mga imahe sa dulo. Kakaibang experience.”