Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.82 (14 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Sari Lluch Dalena

Writers: Sari Lluch Dalena, Keith Sicat

Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Joem Bascon, Emilio Garcia, Angeli Bayani, Marife Necesito, Kalila Aguilos

Synopsis: A young woman witnesses the beginnings of a revolution during Martial Law.

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Reviews:

5.0         Nel Costales (Film blogger, Sine Patrol)

Ka Oryang is a tribute to those young people who gave up their lives fighting the dark forces of Marcos. It is an important film for it serves as a reminder to a dark, grim period in the history of the Philippines.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mario Hernando (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

“At its most basic, Ka Oryang is a dramatization of the shocking plight of political prisoners especially women who are cruelly injured, hog-tied, humiliated, nearly strangled and raped. More broadly, it reawakens us to political evil that, having happened before, may happen again.” (Read full review)

3.5          Philbert Dy (Resident critic, Click the City)

“While the rest of the cast takes a more naturalistic approach to the acting, Emilio Garcia hams up his menace. It creates a pretty big problem in tone. Garcia just feels out of place in the movie, looking very much like artifice in a movie all about the truth. Overall, the film is strong, though I’m not convinced that it really deserved the top prize.” (Read full review)

2.5          Priscilla Pamintuan (Pinoy Weekly)

“Kung ganoon nga ang kaso, nakakapanghinayang na oportunidad ang “Ka Oryang” para magpalalim, hindi lamang sa mga personal na katangian ng mga lumalaban, namumundok at nabibilanggo dahil sa kanilang pulitika, kundi sa mismong lohika ng pakikibaka.” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I admire the lush beauty of how the film was shot.  It really was visually appealing, to the verge of hypnotic.  However despite some technical feat, I felt that the movie was rather vacant and empty.” (Read full review)

2.0          Don Jaucian (Resident critic, Pelikula Tumblr)

“The film never takes off and when it does, it’s effect feels more like a cheat rather than an earnest connection to our emotions.” (Read full review)

2.0          Anton Umali (FHM)

“The film is filled with lush cinematography. But these time-lapsed skies and uncomfortable close-ups only add to the depressing and unsettling tone that the movie wants to deliver.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

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

“An important addition to Martial Law-era filmography. A feminist perspective on any issue is always a welcome one, and this film is no exception. Who else but a female filmmaker will show the travails of a woman carrying a child in her womb while incarcerated as a political detainee? Emilio Garcia’s over-the-top acting, as well as a few heavy-handed scenes, could have been tempered by Dalena, but these quibbles are overshadowed by the director’s unique style and voice (love the closeups of body parts and the silence of the forest scenes).”

3.0          Eduardo Dayao (Film blogger, Piling Piling Pelikula)

“The prologue is flat-out amazing, the way it moved from documentarylike to almost abstract and i like the experimental undercurrent that ran through the whole piece like voltage and kept it alive. Also, Teresa Barozzo’s score is superlative!”

3.0          Fidel Antonio Medel (Film blogger, Pixelated Popcorn)

“It’s well intentioned, beautifully shot but somewhat empty. I can’t see what makes it different from Joel Lamangan’s political dramas.”

2.5          Sanriel Chris Ajero (Film blogger, Another Sani Day)

“I like the POV, really refreshing. Loved seeing the superlative female actresses of our time share the screen together – Che, Alessandra, Angeli, Kalila, Marife, etc. Too much focus on torture. Heavy handed yung drama. I like how Siri paralleled what these ladies had to undergo with animals (pig giving birth in a cage, the fish in the end, etc) – too blatant a metaphor for how they were treated but it worked. Though hindi ko gets yung biglang focus sa mga random na bagay like rambutan or paa ni Alex.”

2.0          Redundante Mendoza (Member, Cinephiles)

“The ‘tender’ scene in the river looked very awkward. Obvious na ayaw magpahalik, at makipaglove scene ng lola mo. Among many other things/scenes, I’m calling them bad directorial choices [sorry miss issa]. The ending was supposed to be heart-wrenching, but it didnt have that effect because of the punctured,fractured narrative that didnt give much the audience enough time and logic to sympathize with the women especially with the titular character, save for the great performances of De Rossi and Necesito.”

2.0          Epoy Deyto (Film blogger, Kawts Kamote)

“In-establish bilang feminist at ‘red’ film, pero pinawalang-saysay lahat iyon ng latter part ng pelikula.”

2.0          Archie Del Mundo (Member, Pinoy Film Buffs)

“Wala akong makapitan. Malambot ang gulugod ng naratibo.”

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