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  • L'Ilya

    L'Ilya

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Absolutely terrifying and dangerously poetic.

    39 minutes.

    L’Ilya does not hold back in attempting to examine and explore the topics of dying, loneliness, and suicide. Each encounter is sad and tragic. Each response is vague and each last moment is lonely. While there is music, you can't help but feel this eerie silence and uncertainty throughout the film. Ilya records and documents suicides with consent from the people she is recording. She re-edits them into videos and adds music to…

  • Serenade

    Serenade

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    No dua duaem pay laeng ti pegges ni ayat
    Nalawag la unayen ng ulpit mo ken ranggas
    Ala man biagko, sawem ti pamuspusam
    Tapno mabalin ka a lipaten o imnas
    Lipaten kanto wen
    ngem addaakton idiay tanem …
    Ngem no itan, saanen nga mabalinen, ay!
    Itdem ni ayat, dinak kad pagtuoken
    Yantangay siksika ti innak ay-ayaten.

    I'm happy that this documentary exists.

    I'm happy Benito Bautista, the director created this personal and intimate documentary.

    I'm happy that this film is…

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  • Still Processing

    Still Processing

    ★★★★½

    Wow. 

    I was not expecting that. This film was just so beautiful and very special. 

    The intimacy, rawness, vulnerability... the emotion, all of it, from beginning to end. 

    I’m definitely excited to see what Sophy creates next.

  • Garden

    Garden

    ★★★★★

    “Farewell the flower that did not sprout.
    Farewell the flower that did not sprout.
    Farewell the flower that did not sprout.
    A broken glass with leaves so sharp it hurts to touch.
    Dawn came then morning and still no luck.
    I promised myself that yesterday would be the last.
    No more shadow.
    No more hurt.
    No more cry.
    No more long.
    No more me.
    No more repeat.
    No more need.
    No more need.”

    — Arima Ederra

    The direction, movement, poetry, score in this is just...