Lukas NinoVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.25 (2 ratings)

Genre: Experimental

Director: John Torres

Writers: John Torres, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Dodo Dayao

Cast: Cheeno Dalog Ladera, Edilberto Marcelino, Tao Aves

Synopsis: A young girl narrates the story of a missing actress, a missing local man and all the ensuing excitement and disruption that occur when a film crew comes to town to shoot a movie. All the inhabitants, young and old, hope to get a part in the production and spend their days rehearsing, auditioning and talking about the movie. In the midst of it all, 13-year-old Lukas is confronted by the disappearance of his father, who is rumoured to be a tikbalang – half man, half horse. Wandering through the village, Lukas wonders what his father’s condition means for him and what special powers he might have inherited. Will he be able to run faster, jump higher? Can it be that flexing his muscles will cause the light of day suddenly to dim?

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Reviews:

5.0          Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Despite the dolorous themes and undertones, Lukas the Strange is not strictly a clinical study at all, if one shuns its subcutaneous significance: it is grounded in true cinematic and artistic finesse and dexterity in the way it weaves in and out of its narrative tenses.” (Read full review)

3.5          Carljoe Javier (Rappler)

“Like a poem it has characters and conflict and different elements coming together. But rather than move from event to event, the film asks us to look at specific scenes, think about what we are experiencing, and then piece it together, not as plot, but as different pieces of emotion bound within the same space and thematic framework.” (Read full review)

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