jungle loveVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.40 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Writer/Director: Sherad Anthony Sanchez

Cast: Gloria Morales, Mae Bastes, Martin Riffer, Edgardo Amar, Aldrin Sapitan

Synopsis: A jungle in an undisclosed Philippine location hosts a middle-age woman who runs off with a baby, two juveniles lost in sexual games, military cadets leisurely wandering about and a guide with an obscure presence. All consumed with the game of their own lives until the jungle comes to play.

MTRCB Rating: R-18

Running time: 85 mins

Trailer:  

Reviews:

5.0          Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

Jungle Love is one fun and memorable romp through the great unknown that is the primeval forest as something we have inhabited all along.” (Read full review)

5.0          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Sanchez taps into the inherent mysticism and eroticism of the Philippine jungle (the sexually suggestive crevices, the return to man’s bestial nature, etc.) to create one of the strangest, funniest, sexiest films I’ve seen in a while.” (Read full review)

4.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Jungle Love accomplishes the nearly impossible task of turning what could be a lewd and perverted showcase into a mirror of our innate desire to venture into the unknown, to abandon the clutches of good taste, and to get lost in the limitless jungle where men are but beasts among other beasts.” (Read full review)

4.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Jungle Love is undoubtedly high art. It’s a skip away from the realist’s fare, but its artistic concept is unexpurgated and completely accomplished.” (Read full review)

4.0          Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Sanchez manages to create a pleasantly intelligent discourse without paralyzing his audience, allowing them to penetrate it and sprawl in all directions, leading them to a terrain that’s not exactly graspable but comfortable nonetheless.” (Read full review)

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