Riddles of My HomecomingVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.21 (7 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Arnel Mardoquio

Cast: Fe Hyde, Jillian Khayle Barbarona, Jeff Sabayle, Christian Austero, Madz Garcia, Perry Dizon

Synopsis: The past and the present merge to weave a mystery on a future that is uncertain. Riddles of My Homecoming is a silent film on a labyrinth of tragedies that probes the anatomy of violence in Mindanao.

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Reviews:

5.0         Laurence Castillo (Bildungsroman)

“This is one cinema’s cry of epiphany upon discovering how the land that holds the answer to the riddles of our history and our existence guides the trajectory of human life like a weeping specter, like the past of castrated Babaylans haunting the present of bulldozed journalists in Maguindanao and of a people dreaming escape from the land to seek fortune overseas, and prowling the future of the continued marches of combat shoes, of wealthy philanderers raping the land, and of the swelling chants of the people’s struggle.” (Read full review)

5.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

Riddles of My Homecoming is one complex fine art that its merits may lie more in the meaningful questions that it thoughtfully poses than it endeavours to answer. And we, the viewers, are simply riveted.” (Read full review)

4.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film provides no easy answers, no solid narrative to hang on to. It doesn’t offer context to understand the symbols or allusions. What it does offer is a visual richness that conveys a wealth of ideas and emotions.” (Read full review)

4.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

Riddles of my Homecoming is more than a film. It is a poem. It is performance art. Some scenes even ache with the same profundity of a painting. Its elegant rhythms belie its beautiful confusion.” (Read full review)

4.0         Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

Riddles is hazy, elusive, and unreachable, dabbling in sensations and obscurities, but its surface doesn’t pull any surprises, its tone never betraying its modesty.” (Read full review)

4.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Dito, ang pelikula ay ang buong tula mismo. May ilan itong teksto ng mga nagpapapalit-palit (B&W at color) na reality at ang netherworld pero hindi ito binigkas nang literal. Bilang manonood, bahala ka nang lumusong sa ilog upang ramdamin ang pagkabanayad ng tubig at hayaang ang ilog ang yumakap sa ‘yong mga paa.” (Read capsule review)

3.0         Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“My biggest beef with Riddles is its absence of ownership. It doesn’t have Mardoquio’s sensibilities of his past outputs like Shieka, Hospital Boat and Crossfire, which are generally more heartfelt and better works. Riddles is Mardoquio’s show (letting us see what he is capable of, regardless of how half-baked the result is) and his way of groping for new things. In branching out, he is losing his idiosyncrasy.” (Read full review)