AngustiaVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.57 (7 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Historical

Writer/Director: Kristian Cordero

Cast: Alex Medina, Jazmin Llana, Victor Loquias, Michelle Smith, Maria Isabel Lopez

Synopsis: Don Victorino Fernandez, a secular priest who is also an avid collector of plants, is in Bicol to convert the Agta, natives who reside in the forests surrounding the towns, to Catholicism. Little does he know that his quest for faith will have him entangled with forbidden passions.

MTRCB rating: R-18



3.5         Tito Valiente (Business Mirror)

“The strength of his first foray into cinema is in the narrative that surges and soars until something else pulls it down and puts it to a rest that is less poetic. The fault, if one may call it that, is in the cinematography that does not quite come to grips with the sweep of the literature that dares questions where we are now.” (Read full review)

3.0         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

Angustia could be a lot better if all its concepts were merged in a simpler story, but the output was brave, quite unique and interesting enough for a Spanish period drama that tackles religious beliefs.” (Read full review)

2.5         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“As a consequence of its obsession to get the particulars of the period right, Angustia‘s gloss seeps and sticks to the surface, even as it neglects the psychological spiral of Don Victorino Hernandez and his irrevocable descent from religious zeal and fervor to self-destructive madness.” (Read full review)

2.5         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“The young Catholic friar’s (portrayed by an otherwise very good Alex Medina) shift in character, from being a contemplative and well-natured man of faith to being a paranoid and murderous green-eyed monster, seems to have happened in a snap, without any deep psycho-emotional push.” (Read full review)

2.5         Present Confusion

“All in all Angustia is an uneven film that would have worked better had it focused more on its effective first act rather than a vaguely psychological horror-like second act.” (Read capsule review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It comes off as a very literary venture, the theories and frameworks fueling the narrative plain enough to see. But it isn’t very cinematic. There’s a palpable lack of visual storytelling, the film relying heavily on trite symbolism to get any sort of point across.” (Read capsule review)

2.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Hindi ko masyadong maintindihan kung anong nais ipalabas sa karakter sa kura na si Don Victorino Fernandez (Alex Medina na tingin ko ay merong struggle sa dialect na ginamit sa kuwento)… Ang pagiging pintor (o botanist, halimbawa) ay may disiplina na malayo sa hinagap na babaliktad ang karakter.” (Read capsule review)

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