Balang Araw

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.75 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writers/Directors: Archie Dimaculangan, Franne Cheska Ramos and Jose Antonio de Rivera

Cast: Jao Mapa, Aleera Montalla, Carlo Cruz, Shielbert Manuel, Alex Vincent Medina, Tarhata Rico, Juan Miguel Severo

Synopsis: The lives of a taxi driver, a working student, an expectant mother, a call center agent and a petty thief all intersect one night as a small crime takes place in a convenience store.

Running time: 35 mins.




3.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Archie Dimaculangan and his co-directors Franne Cheska Ramos and Jono de Rivera come up with a solid work that baits you from the start as the film gradually introduces their characters in narrative vignettes, one strain more interesting than the other. The cinematography (by Ice Idanan) is quite decent. But it somehow bogs down while maneuvering for an appropriate conclusion.” (Read full review)

3.0         Mihk Vergara (Lagarista)

Balang Araw is an ensemble piece, and in ensembles you’re only as strong as your weakest link.  While the arguably ‘main’ performances help tentpole the intertwined narrative into something enjoyable, it’s the other supporting roles that fail to keep that narrative taut, taking you out of the moment.” (Read full review)

2.5          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Sure, it has a decent story and a respectable set of actors as its limbs. The storytelling may not be fresh, but the visuals are engaging, and if not for a small geographical glitch, the attempt at presenting an organized chaos would have been somewhat credible. But discerning? Not really.” (Read full review)

2.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle Film Desk)

“Question: Which recent short film made by UP students and starred Jao Mapa as a taxi driver was shot in the city at night and featured characters (including a convenience store clerk and a thug) leading different lives but who cross paths one fateful night? If you answered Hungkag, you are correct. If you answered Balang Araw, you are ALSO correct. Not sure if the directors of both films had an inuman session one night discussing the plot but later had a falling out which led to the two versions of the story, but I certainly felt déja vu watching this. Technically competent, sure, but the movie doesn’t have anything new to offer. It only feels like a technical exercise in film school: moody lighting and score – check, competent sound and editing – check, natural acting – check, sensible direction – check. Unfortunately, there’s not much else.”

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