Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.15 (23 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Director: Loy Arcenas

Writers: Rody Vera and Loy Arcenas

Cast: Shamaine Buencamino, Anthony Falcon, Rez Cortez, Paul Jake Paule, Angelita Raymundo, Skyzx Labastilla, Rener Concepcion, Antonette Garcia, Roli Inocencio, Garry Lim, Jelson Bay, Ces Aldaba, Lou Veloso, Lilia Cuntapay

Synopsis:  Circus hijinks surround the barangay of Sta. Maria in the midst of an international murder sensation. Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal-turned-celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts. Amidst these unspoken family burials, the neighborhoods’ penchant for funeral fiestas, gossip and secrets, bizarre social events and the sheer mix of scandal and inebriation complete the picture of dying the Pinoy way.

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Reviews:

5.0      Tito Genova Valiente (Business Mirror)

“Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Swanie rises to new heights in this film. She is funny and silly when she struts around the town and in her home. She is ridiculously powerful as a councilor and infinitely officious as a strong woman.” (Read full review)

5.0      Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Arcenas transmutes these moments of the Filipino psyche with a keen sense of humor and irony. They never feel crass or perverse, only that the sociology of a people is spot-on and so pitch-perfect that our only rejoinder is laughter, a nodding, knowing  laughter.” (Read full review)

5.0      Andy Briones (Visual Velocity)

“Arcenas is developing into a fine filmmaker, displaying a flair for witty, character-driven movies. Society’s double standard is none more evident in our country and Arcenas doesn’t hold back in showing all its gory, thorny details.” (Read full review)

5.0     Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Arcenas takes advantage of the acting prowess of his leads. Both Buencamino and Falcon have impeccable comedic timing. Buencamino, in particular, has a switch that turns her into grade-A drama queen.” (Read full review)

5.0    Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

Requieme has the sprawling feel of big novel, with dry humor buoying up a rather heavy subject. This is every bit an equal to Arcenas’ debut film, Niño, and he, and his tandem with Rody Vera, is to watch out for.” (Read full review)

5.0    Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Now this is a great movie. I love that it showed how homophobia envelopes every facet of life here in the Philippines. And how we have a false sense of pride as a nation. Great writing, amazing cast.”

4.5     Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Rody Vera gets the pulse of the Pinoy masa just right, his script improving on Gina Apostol’s short story just by making the characters speak in everyday colloquial Tagalog.” (Read full review)

4.5      Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“While the hilarious moments are indeed tummy aching, I find it more as an inspired avenue to tackle, highlight and realize Filipino characteristics especially those that involve connecting one’s name to fame.” (Read full review)

4.5      Scud in Real Life

“It is hilarious and the performances of Buencamino and Falcon are first-rate.” (Read full review)

4.5       Ian Urrutia (Cinephiles)

“Iba ang tandem ni Rody Vera at Loy Arcenas. Wasak, emotionally resonant, entertaining, camp, lahat na!”

4.0      Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“Death is hardly ever a laughing matter, but Requieme! manages to make light of tragedy with a good, healthy dose of Filipino comedy – one that is as heartfelt as it is funny.” (Read full review)

4.0      Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Although not all the threads of the story work (the scenes involving the remains of an OFW that was lost in transit seem to belong to another movie), we admire Arcenas for his daring in coming up with such an ambitious project.” (Read full review)

4.0      Rissa Coronel (Katipunan)

“For all the silliness portrayed in the film, REquieme! is rich with spot-on commentaries on disconcerting cultural norms that seem to follow Filipinos from the cradle to the grave.” (Read full review)

4.0      Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“Arcenas is more concerned in fleshing out his personality rather than dwelling on his sexual preference and the jokes that he could cash out from it.” (Read full review)

4.0      Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“Director Loy Arcenas and screenwriter Rody Vera attacks the Filipino political subculture of opportunism with subtle but biting humor.” (Read full review)

4.0     Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Sa mga napanood ko ngayong taon sa Cinemalaya, ito na siguro ang merong pinamabusisi, kung hindi man pinakapalaban at pinakapinag-isipang script.” (Read full review)

4.0      Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“There are some standout funny scenes, and we get great performances from Shamaine Buencamino and Anthony Falcon.” (Read full review)

4.0      Eduardo Dayao (Cinephiles)

“My first Cinemalaya blindside. Sometimes it really helps to know nothing about the film before watching it. Didn’t expect this would amount to much but in many ways this is an even more accomplished film than Niño. Or at the very least a hell of a lot more fun. The last shot . . .yes.”

3.5       Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“I love the idea of touching the inkling of Filipinos for gossips. Love also the parallelism of burying the dead and burying family issues. Love also the dark humor although it may be unsettling at some point, since it is not in the culture or even subculture of Pinoys of glorifying criminals.”

3.0       Jude Defensor (We Talk About Movies)

“Lamentably, Requieme! goes from being ambitiously sprawling to ending up all over the place. Its humor goes from broad to black, while the drama swings from melo- to meta-, and then back again, all in a messy progression that’s more dizzying than disarming.” (Read full review)

3.0        Present Confusion

“The film tends to get quite convoluted, and you tend to jump from one thread to another trying to make sense of the film. While entertaining, expect nothing lasting from this one.” (Read full review)

3.0        Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“This one is underwhelming. Not that it was not good, it was, but it just felt scattered and there were moments that the movie gets lost.” (Read full review)