Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.06 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Ivy Universe Baldoza

Cast: Martha Nikko Comia, Althea Vega, Ness Roque, Flor Salanga, Victor Medina, Jerome Liao, John Relucio, Vic Tiro, Amante Pulido, Carding Santor

Synopsis: Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat takes place over the period of summer. The adolescence of the three girls is told through the mundane rituals of the province: farm work, bathing, washing laundry, processions, and harvest rituals. Through the restless emotions, insecurities, blossoming loves, and conflicts – these young, beautiful and vulnerable girls will undergo an inevitable change through the passing of the summer.

Trailer: Not yet available

Reviews:

4.0          Noli Manaig (Film blogger, Closely Watched Frames)

Mga Anino Sa Tanghaling Tapat is a film that starts quite generically but ends up strong and indelibly. The makings of a family drama at the start give way to an unforgettable fable that crisscrosses genres and realities. It is no simple achievement, juggling the various elements mentioned above without taxing our sense of enthrallment.” (Read full review)

3.0          Don Jaucian (Resident critic, Pelikula Tumblr)

“The film is a sensual shadow play in the darkest recesses of the female psyche, tapping various degrees of desire, longing, and despair. It crawls into the subspace of sexual awakening and the gradual slipping of innocence by the use of some of the most controversial images in Philippine cinema, and their effects are of varying credibility.” (Read full review)

2.5          Philbert Dy (Resident critic, Click the City)

“There are already traces of a great movie in this, but the version being screened right now feels disjointed and confusing. It’s obvious that it’s still a rough cut, and it actually feels like there’s some missing footage at times. I look forward to seeing a more complete version of this film. There’s already a compelling strangeness to it that makes it stand out from most of the things that we see in our theaters.” (Read full review)

1.5           Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I love how the movie incorporated Filipino mysticism with the eroticism of the whole film.  I think that the movie succeeded in that.  But I do not feel that the movie connected together when it ended.  Like what I felt in Big Boy, I think I am not the right audience for the film.” (Read full review)

1.0           Stephanie Mayo (Films and Events Check)

Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat is distasteful, pretentious, incapable of connecting with the viewer, and worse…painfully amateurish.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

5.0          Epoy Deyto (Film blogger, Kawts Kamote)

“Despite sa mga kakulangan, nagustuhan ko ito dahil ibinalik niya sa akin yung feel na nakuha ko sa Nunal sa Tubig at dun sa favorite na pelikula ko ngayon taon, ang Brownout sa Neighborhood Namin That Day. Kakaibang mystery. Magaling at hot yung lead actress.”

4.5          DodoDayao (Film blogger, Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Trying to write something about it but as my rating bears out, I thought it terrific, in many ways, almost as experimental as Big Boy, and almost as brave. The shot of Odessa in the bed near the end should rank as one of the year’s creepiest images.”

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

“Wildly uneven film about sex, mystery and death in the countryside. Parts of it reminded me of scenes from Oro Plata Mata. Newcomer Althea Vega is a magnetic screen presence – reminds me of a Playboy-era Tetchie Agbayani. For the most part, though, there are many scenes of emotional inconsistencies, the film putting premium on mysticism and emotional wringing than character motivation. One thing’s for sure, though: after watching this, you will never look at a banana trunk and a puso ng saging the same way again.”