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MMFF 2016 REVIEW: KABISERA (2016) is all messed up

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Review overview

Cinematography 4.5
Editing 2.5
Story and Screenplay 1.5
Performances 3
Direction 1.5
Entertainment Value 2

Summary

2.5 Mild KABISERA (2016) tells the story of a family thriving to seek justice in a system of messed up structures and politics. Nora Aunor plays the central character - Mercy- with a refreshing take on characterization, and she builds the narrative through her perspectives, however jaded; however unclear. And this is where the film fails. It falls flat in establishing its intended focus. Clear that the film is about Extra Judicial Killings; a thesis that is more than relevant, but the film tends to be wary of its structure that we all end up not empathizing with its characters at all.

Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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