SitioVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.19 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Writer/Director: Mes de Guzman

Cast: John Prats, Ria Garcia, Anja Aguilar, Arnold Reyes, Biboy Ramirez, RK Bagatsing, Jess Mendoza

Synopsis: The film depicts the troubles of Jonas (John Prats) and his sisters Carmina and Tricia (Ria Garcia and Anja Alajar), who have moved to their family’s old farm after Jonas’ real estate business sank. Jonas hires the help of some local men to put up a fence around their property, and while they all seem helpful at first, they become an indelible source of frustration for him and his sisters. (Click the City)

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Reviews:

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“The cause-and-effect chain of events comes across as irrational, odd, out-of-sync – at least not until the very last act. And the result becomes an unnerving black comedy. Thankfully, the director was able to assemble an excellent group of actors who allowed themselves to be in on the ‘joke’.” (Read full review)

4.0         Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“Admirable, too, is De Guzman’s characterization of the four ‘tormentors.’ They aren’t outright typical evil. Their approximation of power is not physical (you don’t see them hitting anyone of the siblings). Instead, they play, they laugh, they watch movies, they cook, they eat, they live off their new and rich ‘subordinate.'” (Read full review)

4.0         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

Sitio is a sinister film that hides itself in a humorous social satire. It’s frightening to imagine that this can happen to you if you’re too generous and careless. The end is mystifying enough to forgive its upsetting climax.” (Read full review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s class warfare at a passive-aggressive level, people imprisoned by their own sense of paranoia. The film could probably use more technical polish: some of the images are coarser than they ought to be, and the sound design runs a little loud. But all in all, this is a really clever film that plays out as an odd, hilarious joke.” (Read full review)

3.5         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Humihinga ang mga tauhan kahit na may panganib na nakaamba. Mabilis ang pacing at handheld ang camera sa buong pelikula. Medyo loud din ang musical score at ang texture ng ilang frame ay halos tumatawid-bakod na sa pagiging glossy. Maging ang signature na non-acting ay itinaob n’ya rito. Pero sa totoo lang, sa kabila ng nakakasamid na paninibago at pagkabano, nag-enjoy ako sa malaking transition.” (Read full review)

3.0         Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Taken purely on its self-imposed genre terms, it lacks the necessary threat and constriction, it’s too listless, too loose. Come to this as if it were a black comic inversion of the power structure, though, and the drawn-out ambivalence of their upended class dynamic comes to life in spurts.” (Read capsule review)

2.5         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“The situation the poor provincials create is rather factitious and begs questions. If all they are ever after are a handful of free lunches, they are doltish tricksters. Real opportunity, real pragmaticism, real revolution, is not about a free meal but a transfer of the mode of production, as it is explicated in Marxism. ” (Read full review)

1.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Crudely made and badly acted, this film got a P2 million grant but it just doesn’t look it at all. It was just shot in one house and its environs and production values seem impoverished.” (Read full review)