Lihis-Poster-1Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.58 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Joel Lamangan

Writer: Ricardo Lee

Cast: Jake Cuenca, Joem Bascon, Lovi Poe, Isabelle Daza, Gloria Diaz, Racquel Villavicencio

Synopsis: The film splits itself between two timelines. In 2006, Ada (Isabelle Daza) is basing her thesis on a massacre that occurred twenty years prior in a village called Acacia. Her mother Cecilia was part of a fact-finding mission into a massacre, and Ada’s inquiries bring up her history as a member of the NPA. The other timeline traces the relationship of Ka Felix and Ka Jimmy (Joem Bascon and Jake Cuenca), two rebels who fall in love, despite the movement’s laws against such a pairing. (Click the CIty)

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Running Time: 100 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film might still be a little too loud, a little too conscious of hitting those standard dramatic beats with cinematic flourish. But it is the passion and the commitment that remains when all is said and done.” (Read full review)

3.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Everything you want to see in the bekiserye My Husband’s Lover but cannot, due to the limitations of TV as a medium, you can now watch in all its lurid details in the no holds barred gay porn, Lihis.” (Read full review)

2.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“I wasn’t initially sold by the approach that Lamangan used in order to narrate the story, but the end product did not have any problem translating the it to the viewers.” (Read full review)

2.0         CBCP CINEMA

“Ginamit lamang na ‘sasakyan’ ng Lihis ang Martial law setting upang patunayan na masidhi sa lahat ang tawag ng laman—higit na makapangyarihan kaysa sa mga pinakamatayog na adhikain ng tao.” (Read full review)

2.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Lihis falls under the strain of murky schmaltz and overabundant theatricality—not unlike 2010’s overhyped Muli, the romantic gender-bender starring Cogie Domingo and Sid Lucero. Lamangan moves his film speedily, but it’s marred by clichés and contrivances that further weigh down the characters’ smarmily depicted relationships.” (Read full review)

1.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Just when we need Lamangan to be critical/political, he settles for the tried-and-tested, because flashy, appeal of bedroom melodrama.” (Read full review)