PalitanVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.21 (7 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Ato Bautista

Writers: Shugo Praico, Ato Bautista

Cast: Mara Lopez, Mon Confiado, Alex Vincent Medina

Synopsis: Nestor (Alex Medina) works at an electronics shop owned by the unscrupulous Ramiro (Mon Confiado). He owes his boss a substantial amount of money. His wife Luisa thinks that they should just run away to the provinces, but Nestor’s pride keeps him from leaving. Ramiro offers him a way out of his debt; all he asks in return is a video of Luisa taking a bath. Desperate, Nestor installs surveillance equipment and his home and delivers the illicit material. But that doesn’t quite end his problems, as Ramiro has greater designs for Nestor’s young wife. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-16



3.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Palitan could be seen as exploitative, especially with its overindulgent bed scenes that seem to overpower what essentially is a thin story. However, the exploitation is an overt part of the milieu Bautista attempts to explore.” (Read full review)

3.0          Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Sure, it gets its softcore jollies down pat, but just like its spiritual forebear, Scorpio Nights, this is really about the simmering desperation that comes from sustained ennui and claustrophobia, re-imagining the cramped milieu as an ever tighter space with even flimsier walls.” (Read full review)

2.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“The difference with Scorpio Nights and this one is the sex scenes in the classic film never seem exploitative (even if they get increasingly more risqué). Here, there’s one gratuitous scene (the first sex scene between Mara and Mon) that lasts forever, complete with sexy music that’s synchronized with the lovers’ thrusts.” (Read full review)

2.5          Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Too inconsistent to effectively work, though there there were some bright spots in it.” (Read full review)

2.0         Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Dignity costs 25,000 pesos and loyalty even less… five pairs of underwear. Mon Confiado selling his wares in the beginning was promising, then it became just another infidelity movie with a five-minute sex scene. Nothing in this movie makes sense. Contrived, especially how it ended.”

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The movie doesn’t go much further than the surface, the story wallowing in lurid elements, finding little to say when all is said and done.” (Read full review)

1.0         Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Instead of paying homage to Scorpio Nights (a masterwork of heavy political insight) it actually embarrasses Peque Gallaga and his film to the core.” (Read full review)

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