I got to see Mariquina last night and I posted my review of it and it’s now out on Juice. I’m really, really excited about the three movies I’ve seen in the Cinemalaya this year. There is a tendency to move away from the over-dramatic now and to do understated work and it’s really such a far cry from the studio melodrama that pervades in the film industry.
My review for Mariquina can be read here: Mariquina: Takes its Time but Delivers the Goods.
I took special care to mention Barbie Fortaleza and Che Ramos because their work is just so good and so precise in this film and the amazing script by Jerrold Tarog. Milo Sogueco will be a force to reckon with in the future, for sure.
I hope this trend of filmmaking persists and conquers the film industry in the future, that we don’t always have to rely on telenovela type of dramatics and over-acting and over-stating everything. There is beauty in understatement and in subtlety and nuance and Mariquina is just so full of it. Maybe too full of it, but it’s a treatment and a direction that I would rather see than what’s going on now.
With everyone flocking in droves to watch the Cinemalaya, it shows that there really is a market for these kinds of films and that the Filipino audience is looking for something new. Let’s give them something new and refreshing for a change.