Islands PosterVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.00 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Director: Whammy Alcazaren

Writers: Whammy Alcazaren, Giancarlo Abrahan

Cast: Luis Alandy, Benjamin Alves, Meryll Soriano, Alizon Andres, Donna Matibag, Daisy Matibag, Marita Zobel, Irma Adlawan, Jhizelei Deocariza, Peque Gallaga, Acey Aguilar, Anna Luna

Synopsis: The film is primarily split up into three sections. In the first, an old woman (Marita Zobel) lives alone in her house, occasionally visited by her daughter (Irma Adlawan) and grandson, who urge her to move with them to the US. The second section spends some time following the routine of a pair of astronauts (Benjamin Alves) on a lonely spaceship. And the last section is about a tribesman (Luis Alandy) hunting strange fauna in a dangerous jungle. (Click the City)

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Reviews:

5.0         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Even with such abstract frames, this is Alcazaren at his most unguarded moment, an unmistakable prelude to the profession of love.” (Read full review)

5.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“There is an unrelenting beauty in the film’s silence; the kind of beauty that blankets its seemingly disparrate stories. But it is the silence that becomes the characters’ most reliable companion.” (Read full review)

4.0         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“The film is hardly about the director’s ambition. It is more about his humility in communicating how imperfect he is as a person in love. The film, despite its visual elegance, has the affecting awkwardness of a juvenile poem.” (Read full review)

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“All the actors are up to the challenge of their enigmatic roles, with each one of them savoring the strange and dream-like air of their characters.” (Read capsule review)

4.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Ang pelikula na isinisilang ay extension ng puso, isip at kaluluwa ng sinumang filmmaker o crew nito. Ang mga argumentong inilatag sa fictional film ay saloobin ng mga gumawa nito. At mula rito ay sumasalok tayo ng pansariling laban kung paano ito mapapagtakpan at tuluyang magamot sa labas ng pelikula papasok sa loob ng buhay.” (Read capsule review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film tries a couple of strange things that might leave one cold or simply baffled. But there are sections of the film that express this alluring if youthful perception of what love is and what love can be. And it does this through exceptional production design and an ear for poetic language.” (Read full review)

3.5         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

Islands tells heartbreaking stories of unexpressed love in a very stylish way. It’s painful to lose your loved one, but it hurts like hell when you can’t say those three words to them when you still have a chance. This is a kind of film that lingers inside of you and triggers like a time bomb when you put your mind to it.” (Read full review)

3.0         Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“For all its reliance on words, though, on navel-gazing elucidation and mumblecore whimsy, on epic poetry and corny pop song lyrics, the film is, if nothing else, a parade of intoxicating images, and for the most part, they articulate its longings with more brunt and potency.” (Read capsule review)