Pahinga (Breather)

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.50 (3 ratings)

Genre: Documentary

Writer/Director: Khavn dela Cruz

Synopsis: If films were time machines, what memory would you yank from your past and preserve that won’t spoil? A tale of two men —one hopeful, the other desperate —Pahinga (Breather) takes place in the last two weeks of the filmmaker’s life a month before his father died. Like a page torn from a diary that hasn’t been written yet, it is, for Khavn, an oddly contemplative retreat into the warm ache of nostalgia and the inevitability of abrupt goodbyes. (From movfest)

Running time: 100 mins.


4.0        Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“A filial tribute. A tone poem. A meditation on life and death. Breather stands as one of Khavn de la Cruz’s most virtuosic works to date, commendable in the way it works on so many levels.” (Read full review)

4.0        Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

“I believe Pahinga is one of Khavn’s best films so far. It is deeply personal yet paradoxically accessible due to scenes of familial love. It is brave and gentle. It takes guts to open your homes, hospital rooms, and minds to people. I admired Khavn for not going overboard with this openness.” (Read full review)

2.5        Skilty Labastilla (Musings from Three Time Zones)

“There are also some funny moments in the videos with his family and friends (with cameos by fellow indie stalwarts Lav Diaz and Torres), particularly in the scenes where they were in a room playing parlor games while wearing face masks. But on the whole, the film only feels like a hodgepodge of artistic endeavours and home videos.” (Read full review)


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