MAMAY UMENG PosterVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.85 (10 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Dwein Baltazar

Cast: Gerry Adeva, Sue Prado, Crizzalyn Enriquez

Synopsis: Mamay Umeng, an 84-year-old man living in the quaint province of Pinagbayanan, San Juan, Batangas, wants nothing more than to end his long life. But Death always eludes him; it is a never-ending game of hide and seek, to which he has always played along. One day, Mamay will stop playing this game. He will track and hunt down his own very demise. (Rappler)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

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Reviews:

5.0          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“It was beautiful, engrossing and heartfelt.  I sometimes complain that films are redundant, glacial, slow, but it was utilized in this film in such a way that it is essential.” (Read full review)

5.0          Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Best film I have seen so far. Felt guilt and regret. I wish I saw this movie when Nanay was still alive. Wish I could have filled, even a little bit, that emptiness they feel at their twilight. Excellent, excellent movie.”

4.5           Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“In a few great moments, this studious and already sophisticated director reminds us of the uncompromising cinema of Carlos Reygadas and Lisandro Alonso, where the wrinkled and/or ugly body tells all and yet how elevated it is to the truthfully sublime.” (Read full review)

4.5           Adrian Mendizabal (Cinephiles)

Mamay Umeng is a gem.”

4.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film delicately builds a prison of life for its main character, his understated ennui growing more and more recognizable in every frame.” (Read full review)

4.0          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Mamay Umeng effectively transports viewers into the lifeworld of a rural geriatric man, where time crawls like an injured snail and there’s really nothing much to do except wait for one’s death. Impressive debut.”

4.0          Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“There’s a lot of long steady shots in here which might not be for impatient casual watchers, but that’s where the film lies its strength.” (Read full review)

3.5           Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

Mamay Umeng, with all its sketches of sadness and alienation, gracefully plunges us head first into the primordial soup.” (Read full review)

2.0          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

Mamay Umeng is fraught with affecting displays of sadness, but one can’t help feeling that they stand out because the scenes around them are bare, that they are restrained because there’s a pervasive fear of ruining the tone of the movie.” (Read full review)

2.0          Fidel Antonio Medel (Cinephiles)

“Like Bwakaw but without the dog. Or Adela without Anita Linda. Save for the haunting final scene, everything else is pure tedium.”