anak arawVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.71 (7 ratings)

Genre: Experimental

Writer/Director: Gym Lumbera

Cast: Jay de la Vega

Synopsis: Anak Araw is about a local albino searching for his identity. He believes that he is a son of an American and thus tries to learn English through reading translations and definitions from a Tagalog-English dictionary. (Rappler)

MTRCB Rating: GP

Trailer:  None available

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Reviews:

4.5          Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“This film repeats our received notions of the past, but the director’s fictive playfulness, his optical instincts, and the interdisciplinarity of his concerns and resources, mark him as a filmmaker to reckon with.” (Read full comment)

4.5          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Anak Araw reels you in with its gorgeous images. It comforts you with its humor and wit. It stays with you with its discourse.”

4.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Given the chance, the film is hilarious. It’s a great showcase for Lumbera’s wicked sense of humor, which thrives on absurd images and odd juxtapositions.” (Read full review)

4.0         Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

Anak Araw is almost intolerably light-hearted and shot through with whimsy and tenderness.” (Read full review)

3.5          Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“A playful and witty take on colonial mentality and identity.”

3.0          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“It’s more entertaining than poetic, more charming than beautiful, and more external than internal.” (Read full review)

2.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Anak Araw is fascinating and exasperating at the same time.” (Read full comment)