Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.67 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Writer/Director: John Torres

Synopsis: Mapang-akit is an offshoot of a documentary project made with an Icelandic filmmaker and uses the outtakes from the Hudas Hudas Festival in Antique, where a community bonds over a large effigy of Judas Iscariot during Holy Week. Amidst it is a found story of a man who returns home to his death after pursuing a woman in a neighboring village.

Running time: 40 mins.

Reviews: 

4.0        Oggs Cruz (Film critic, Twitch)

“It is a lovely-looking film, relatable considering that what Torres primarily captures are random images of provincial life, but enveloped by some sort of supernatural gleam.” (Read full review)

4.0        Noli Manaig (Film blogger, Closely Watched Frames)

“The result is a hauntingly arresting work, mysterious in its resonances of folklore, and often idyllic in its portrait of the ways of life in a sleepy village.” (Read full review)

4.0        Don Jaucian (Film blogger, Pelikula Tumblr)

” Like the storytellers of old, Torres tricks us into believing that the ordinariness of our environment cloaks a more mystifying truth, twisting hushed exchanges into grim tales of engkantos and seducing nymphs.” (Read full review)

4.0        Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Mapang-akit is, so far, my favorite cinematic permutation of the aswang myth. It’s hard to explain. After sitting through this short, I left feeling strangely calm and refreshed as if I had been to the lush and quiet Antique barrio where a woman is being called an aswang behind her back.” (Read full review)

2.0        Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“Torres is a very promising filmmaker. Despite my beef with the approach, Mapang-akit has some transcendent moments in it, especially the last scene with the accompanying music. But I hope this is the last movie that he will use this subtitling gimmick in without prior permission from his film subjects, especially if he has all the opportunities to ask for it.” (Read full review)

Capsule:

4.0        Epoy Deyto (Film blogger, Kawts Kamote)

“Medyo distracted ako nung nanunuod, pero more-or-less, it was a lovely story of old lovers fighting for their love from all of the misunderstandings around them. Colors were delicious.””

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