PascalinaVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.00 (9 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Pam Miras

Cast: Maria Veronica Santiago, Alex Vincent Medina, Peewee O’Hara, Cara Eriguel, Ian Galliguez, Danzen Santos, Marija Vicente

Synopsis: After a series of unpleasant events in her life, Pascalina receives news that her Aunt Taba is dying but cannot do so unless she passes on a curse. Pascalina visits her dying aunt thinking that the news is only a big joke. But Pascalina begins to experience changes in her life that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity. (Rappler)

MTRCB Rating: R-18

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Reviews:

4.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It brilliantly depicts a life of sad indifference, a world defined by the quiet violence being perpetrated by people who supposedly love you.” (Read full review)

4.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Pascalina is engaging up to the last shot, the film proves that HD cameras do not make good films, solid storytelling and directing do. Pam Miras has a keen eye for detail and one is hard put to find a false note in the film. ”

4.5          Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“I have to sit up from crouching in my seat because the sadness I’m witnessing before me is so palpable I would have bawled otherwise.” (Read full review)

4.0          Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Charmingly lo-fi but impassioned and visceral.” (Read full review)

4.0          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Pam Miras is smart enough not to resort to cheap tricks and bloodletting to pull the viewers in. Instead, she makes her narrative swell until it bursts with tension, creating a rickety, airless, and claustrophobic cavity in which her characters slip into without noticing it.” (Read full review)

4.0          Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“The opaque sheen that comes from shooting on a Digital Harinezumi not only gives everything  a timbre of often intoxicating ambivalence but lathers the hellish melodrama in which the eponymous stumblebum is embroiled in.” (Read full review)

4.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Pascalina is the only aswang movie where the worldly is more disturbing than the otherworldly. Its lo-fi visuals are astounding.”

3.5          Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

Pascalina is a wonderful character study of someone who’s battling her monster within literally and figuratively. This film has the fortune of having an interesting premise that was sustained all throughout.” (Read full review)

3.0          Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“It has a primitive charm that in its simplicity might speak more volumes than the newest 48-frames-per-second piece of shit out of Hollywood. Just the look that seems to say this is no time for easy voyeurism. This is not going to be pretty.” (Read full review)