Distance

Melodrama by way of Ozu. The tone is great, the look is awesome, the whole main cast is superb, and it ends perfectly. Nonie Buencamino plays the tormented Anton with such sublime sadness, while Iza perfectly portrays Liz, a woman who abandons her family, stoically with despair bubbling beneath. I’d say Therese Malvar is the discovery of this film, but at this point everyone knows how talented this ingenue is. “Melodrama” sometimes sounds like a bad word amongst cineastes, but director Perci Intalan perfectly balances it with restraint and, well, distance. Besides, some directors like Pedro Almodovar and Todd Haynes are great at it— and now Perci is part of that list.