The Natural Phenomenon of Madness

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.30 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Charliebebs Gohetia

Cast: Jess Mendoza, Opaline Santos, Ces Aldaba, Regina Valenzuela, Patrick Esteban, Kimmy Buquia, Anthony Sarabia Torres, Xian Khou, Rjames Villaran

Synopsis: Two years after she was raped, a woman agrees to meet with her rapist in the beautiful ruins of Intramuros. As they have the same blood type, her rapist asks her to donate blood for his operation claiming this will lengthen his life and will give him ample time to seek redemption. The woman refuses to do so as she rediscovers she is still a victim of unrequited love towards her rapist. Told in two separate perspectives, the story revolves around how the woman and man pick the pieces of their broken lives after the rape, meeting every so often at places that remind them of their past. They are confronted by the fact that they are both victims of each other: THE WOMAN struggles with loving no one but the man; THE MAN, struggles with his guilt knowing he can’t love the woman the way she wants him to.


Capsule Reviews:

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Contributor, IndioCine)

“Maganda, sa totoo lang, ang rehistro sa screen ng mga nagsiganap. Klaro rin ang depiction ng depression dito. Kung tutuusin, ngayon na lang ako ulit nakakita ng ganitong melancholia sa pelikulang Pinoy. Siguro kung tinanggal ang gimik ng dalawang bersyon at ng twist sa dulo, mas maa-appreciate ko ito. Ewan ko pero hindi ko talaga nakitang naging artsy ang mga hugis ng depression.” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Papa (Film blogger, Whatever, Carl)

“The movie would have been better if it were shorter.  There were some redundant parts, and parts I think that could have been better without.  Some scenes swerve away from the story.” (Read full review)

2.5          Lyndon Maburaot (Member, Cinephiles)

“This proves that good editing alone can’t help make a film pull through without a good screenplay. Long, boring, talky, repetitive, tiring, punishing – but while I’m having this litany, I keep on seeing glimpse of promise lurking somewhere there.”

2.0          Sanriel Ajero (Film blogger, Another Sani Day)

“Interesting premise, I bought it actually. But execution was pretentious and repetitive.”

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

“It follows all the tropes of an ‘art’ film: black and white photography, check; slooow pace, check; characters speaking from a distance (ala Yi Yi), check; changing perspectives mid-film (which only doubled the tedium), check. Pretentious artsy-fartsy stuff.”


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