Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.38 (12 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Zurich Chan

Cast: Alfred Vargas, Sue Prado

Synopsis: Teoriya is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II.  After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father.  He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where.  Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.

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Reviews:

5.0       Eli Guieb (Young Critics Circle)

“Punong-puno ang pelikula ng mga buhay, bahay, lugar at sariling nangungulila sa nakaraan at sa mga posibilidad ng ngayon, nangungulila hindi lang sa panahon kundi maging sa lugar na binubuhay o pinapatay ng panahon.” (Read full review)

4.0        Jay Salazar (Young Critics Circle)

“Where a more conventional work might fall back on the familiar notion of the presumably redemptive power of a difficult journey, particularly one undertaken for the purpose of discharging a filial duty, the film equivocates, resisting facile sentimentality, and choosing to intimate rather than to impose meaning—a strategy fully realized in the character of Jimmuel, who is at once rudderless and resolute with regard to his mission.” (Read full review)

4.0        Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“That said, the film, with its unfairly criticized simplicity, is a heartfelt achievement, rife with anecdotes that add not only quirk and humor into the exercise but also rare visual lyricism.” (Read full review)

4.0        Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

Teoriya is a pleasant laugh trip spurred by incidental and accidental gags that are filled with heart. Chan has a knack for writing funny scenarios which are neither too deep nor slapstick.” (Read full review)

3.5        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“This film features some genuinely inventive frames that tell the story before anyone even says a word. The rhythm of the scenes is intoxicating, the film all too willing to really stay with a moment, letting the heart set in.” (Read full review)

3.5        Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Zurich Chan knows that his film will eventually wind down to the same path like any other road film but he treads this road quite lightly. He uses hilarious circumstances to set-up moments of realizations and parcels of situations that mirror Jimuel’s (Alfred Vargas) search for his father’s grave.” (Read full review)

3.0        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“If you get past this plot loophole, Teoriya actually surprises you with its quiet beauty and humour coming from unexpected places. Silence in Pinoy films is very rare. The premium is always on talking and moving the plot forward. That is why Teoriya, with its meandering pace and focus on mood rather than plot, is a welcome respite.” (Read full review)

3.0        Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Engaging naman ‘yung pagdiskubre ng anak sa kanyang ama pero hindi ko alam kung gusto ko ‘yung road trip part, ‘yung pagkakaroon ng multiple character at ‘yung huling bahagi. May mangilan-ngilang mahusay na visual at ‘sakto lang ang effort ni Alfred Vargas dito.” (Read full review)

3.0        Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“(T)he movie for me was technically well polished… However I felt that there was something lacking with the film.  It was like going on a trip but never ever reaching its destination.” (Read full review)

2.0        Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Having sat through Chan’s film, all the talk of theory, one realizes, is much ado about nothing. Teoriya is conventional filmmaking: conventional tale, conventional storytelling, conventional poetics.” (Read full review)

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3.5        Sanriel Ajero (Another Sani Day)

“Minus awkward parts of the script & that end sequence, I really liked it. Most insightful at its quietest. Didn’t like Vargas though.”

2.0        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“It’s downhill after the good first 15 minutes: awkward, conscious performances; unsure direction. The story about the meeting up with different possibilities of his self is rip-off, from Bing Lao’s teleplay, Pangalawang Pagkakataon. Only the copy, this film, is badly written. Saving grace: Sue Prado.”