Purok 7aVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.82 (14 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Carlo Obispo

Cast: Krystle Valentino, Miggs Cuaderno, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Julian Trono, Carlon Matobato, Sheenly Vee Gener

Synopsis: A countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.

MTRCB Rating: G

Running Time: 93 mins.

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Reviews:

4.5         Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Obispo’s respect for rural life adds another indelible layer to the film. Purok 7 is alive. More than just a setting, it’s a tight-knit community, neighbors who look out for each other, unselfish and untainted.” (Read full review)

4.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“The heart and soul of the film is Diana, the older sibling who takes it upon herself to assume the role of provider for, and protector of, her precocious little brother, and the film’s biggest achievement is casting Krystle Valentino, who puts most Pinoy actors to shame by portraying her character with not a smidgen of self-consciousness.” (Read capsule review)

4.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Krystle delivers a totally winning performance that grows on you as the teener who has a big crush from a boy from Manila (Anna Karenina’s Julian Trono who has the makings of a heartthrob) and is bravely facing the challenges of life despite the fact that their mom is languishing in prison in China and has been sentenced to death for being a drug mule.” (Read full review)

4.0         J. Neil Garcia

Purok 7 is Obispo’s well-intentioned, ably scripted and strongly performed debut. he must be praised and encouraged for his deft and sensitive handling of this material (that admittedly easily lends itself to mishandling and/or abuse).” (Read full review)

4.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun Magazine)

“Carlo Obispo’s confidence as a director is evident by helming a minimalist film and he lets the audience immerse in the topography instead of inundating us with artsy images.  There are no complicated shots or ambitious camera work; Obispo relied on the solid foundation of his well-written screenplay and it works wonderfully.” (Read full review)

4.0         Ava May Robles (PEP)

“It successfully depicts rural life, the poverty, the way of life and even the controversies that these far-flung places are not spared. But amidst all these trials, it effectively shows the inherent human compassion and the genuine concern for one’s fellow human being, which is common among people in rural areas.” (Read full review)

4.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The concepts of waiting and longing to be a part of a family were on full display effectively, thanks to the endearing performances of both Krystle Valentino and Miggs Cuaderno. I admit that this is one of the few great surprises I have seen so far, and most of it is credited to director and writer Carlo Obispo.” (Read full review)

4.0         Paul Alcantara (Katipunan)

“Carlo Obispo’s debut entry into Cinemalaya feels like another stereotypical venture into poverty porn. However, by swapping the oppressed for the optimistic, this comedy-drama about two siblings trying to make it on their own finds novelty in its surprising humor and heart.” (Read full review)

4.0         Thoughts from the Shower

“Despite the dramatic premise, though, the film is delivered with the perfect lightheartedness and humor that demonstrate Director Carlo Obispo’s genius.” (Read full review)

3.5         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“The effect is that of a metaphorical reverse shot of the melodrama and hysteric spectacle of films featuring overseas Filipinos on the verge of execution: the focus is, instead, the steadfast and spontaneous day-to-day life of those left behind. Still one can’t shake the feeling that the existent material, as it stands now, can be further rendered more compactly and freed of extraneous matter, and work just as effectively as a fine short film.” (Read full review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“What emerges is a really lovely, gentle treatment of tragedy, finding the odd joy that can persist even in the direst of situations.” (Read full review)

3.5         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

“Ang Purok 7 ay nostalgic, nakakakilig, medyo care-free at nakakabugso ng damdamin para sa mga bidang nagsisimula pa lamang sumabak sa tunay na buhay.” (Read full review)

3.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Bagama’t stellar ang pagganap ng bidang babae, hindi ko naman masyadong maramdaman ang authenticity ng rural setting. Ang batang si Julian, halimbawa, ay maayos ang pronunciation ng ‘TV’ subali’t hindi n’ya alam kung ano ang ‘burger’.” (Read full review)

2.5         Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Director Carlo Obispo does not ignore issues at hand, but he keeps pushing them away from the center, focusing instead on the resilience of its characters and the lightness of rural life whose effect, when taken as a whole, has a tendency to weaken certain aspects of the film.” (Read full review)