Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.58 (24 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Vincent Sandoval

Writers: Vincent Sandoval and Jerry Gracio

Cast: Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Raquel Villavicencio

Synopsis:  An act of brutal violence shatters a convent’s cloistered tranquility and brings the contrast between a life of sheltered faith and outside reality into sharp relief. As the sisters grapple with the fallout and emotional aftermath, one final secret threatens to unravel the nunnery completely.

Running time: 87 mins




5.0      Tito Genova Valiente (Business Mirror)

“The nuns whose guilt and goodness are, to borrow the words of Wallace Stevens, ‘ambiguous undulations,’ are portrayed by Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Raquel Villavicencio, Jodi Sta. Maria and Mylene Dizon. They form what I believe to be the finest ensemble ever gathered for a feature film.” (Read full review)

5.0      Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle)

Aparisyon is taut and limber- a film that marries restraint with vibrant energy. While the story is not new it is retold in superbly choreographed suspense.” (Read full review)

5.0      Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Great credit is due the filmmaker for fashioning something that is often thought beyond conflation: a poetic and lyrical allegory that is also profoundly political, profoundly dialectical.” (Read full review)

5.0      Mabie Alagbate (Reading Lines Between Lines)

“Yet, even when the worst was supposedly over, it still felt like the chair i was in never really let me settle back into it fully.” (Read full review)

5.0      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film is patient, quiet, and intense, looking deep into the darkness that stems from passivity.” (Read full review)

5.0      Eric Cabahug (InterAksyon)

Aparisyon has an immaculate facade — smooth direction, flawless acting, fluid visuals. It’s what’s on its mind that gives it friction and heat. The final scene is brilliantly chilling in its craftiness.” (Read full review)

5.0      Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Aparisyon boasts of a powerful ensemble (a spectacular cast from Jodi Sta. Maria to Mylene Dizon, from the fantastic Fides Cuyugan Asencio to the empathetic Raquel Villavicencio), richly textured characters, and a stifling sense of paranoia, helplessness and disgruntling gloom.” (Read full review)

5.0      Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Vincent Sandoval’s taut thriller is at the very core a disturbing tale of conspiracy, injustice, and tragedy, swathed in heavenly light and haunted by dark shadows.” (Read full review)

5.0      Scud in Real Life

“The film is a joy to watch. It is quiet and moves at a leisurely pace but never boring.” (Read full review)

5.0      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The movie perfectly captured the atmosphere and the feel of being in a convent. The silence hides everything but they inevitably surface.” (Read full review)

5.0      Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

Aparisyon is the must-see movie in this year’s Cinemalaya. It is not only a notable drama and thriller, but a brilliant morality play where the answers are not black-and-white.” (Read full review)

5.0       It’s All About Movies

“Every breaking down moment is heart-wrenching. Every falling tear has a reason. And every tear withheld has a cause.” (Read full review)

5.0       Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Sana’y gumawa pa tayo ng mga ganitong pelikula upang magpaalala sa atin ng ating pinagdaanan at upang basagin ang hinala na wala tayong sense of time.” (Read full review)

4.5       Oggs Cruz (ABS-CBNews)

“Sandoval’s direction is undeniably sophisticated. He forgoes safety and ease for risks that pay off, creating a film that is also a devastating mood piece, a product of the cross between the immense possibilities of the imagination and experiences dealt by inherited history.” (Read full review)

4.5       Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“It takes great filmmaking skill to show restraint in a film that tackles heavy themes set in a politically charged atmosphere. Sandoval achieves that and more by respecting the audience to do some thinking for themselves, as well as by gathering a top-notch cast and crew to achieve his vision. If Señorita signalled his arrival as a filmmaker to watch, Aparisyon emphatically confirms his place as one of the vanguards of the new Philippine cinema.”

4.5       Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“There is an undeniable smallness to the film, but Sandoval manages to expand the scope of his story through the sheer scale of his themes, his characters, and his milieu.” (Read full review)

4.5        Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“A deliberately paced examination of guilt and conscience. The serene pace belies the forceful undercurrents. It has the power to leave you taken and shaken as soon as the last frame is over.”

4.5         Fidel Antonio Medel (Pixelated Popcorn)

“My favorite from the (Cinemalaya) bunch so far. Haunting. Heavy subject matter dealt with utmost care. Best ensemble.”

4.0        Vincenzo Tagle (We Talk About Movies)

“This is a wonderfully presented movie, whose profound themes are steeped in the film’s polished cinematography.” (Read full review)

4.0     Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“Powered by arresting performances from Sta. Maria, Dizon, Raquel Villavicencio, and Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Aparisyon speaks so eloquently about the dangers of passivity and the misplacement of virtues that straps us into a chain-linked world.”

4.0        Present Confusion

“This is an intense, brutal film, filled with emotional violence, yet conveyed in silences.” (Read full review)

4.0        Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Very quiet, sometimes intensely so. My precise flavor of obtuse. I love Teresa Barrozo’s eerie score. And I also love how it feels like a different Vince Sandoval directed this. As far away from the pulpy melodrama of Señorita as you can get.”

3.5          Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“The performances of all four women are exceptional, but the most noteworthy is that of Sta. Maria’s. Without making a sound, she reverberates suffering, and when she finally lets out a pained whimper, it’s impossible not to mourn with her.” (Read full review)

3.0          Kara Chung (Katipunan)

“By the middle of the film, the previously excited viewer becomes attuned to the extended periods of calm. Shots that could have been taken in a few seconds are mercilessly stretched out into minutes.” (Read full review)

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