Out of Body | 2021 Cinemalaya Film Review

Did you know, Miss Elle – this is a tasteful homage to the great works of Nobuyoshi Araki.”

Direk is such a visionary!

OUT OF BODY BY ENRICO PO

Nobuyoshi Araki, Japan’s most notorious photographer… known for his sexually explicit images of women… – When an Erotic Photographer’s Muse Becomes His Critic by Motoko Rich, The New York Times

After watching Enrico Po’s Out of Body, I was left with a strange and uncomfortable sensation.

OUT OF BODY

BY ENRICO PO
SHORT FEATURE COMPETITION

SYNOPSIS: Elle, a young model new to the industry, arrives to the set of her first commercial job to discover that the initial idea was scrapped. A mysterious new concept has been developed, but the crew and director keep forgetting to let her know what it is. However, after an afternoon of tight costume fittings, rough prop work, and meetings with creepy producers, Elle begins to suspect something else might be afoot.

Thoughts on Out of Body

Evil exists. And though people are good, they can be tainted with evil. If you revolve your life around such a creature, then you are bound to a life of suffering. So if you do not want a life straight out of a horror movie, learn to speak your mind. Do not let things be.

That is the message I received from Enrico Po’s Out of Body. The message is straightforward, but it is not something that people notice right away. Sometimes they do but turn a blind eye. That is why I believe the film’s elements, which are full of bizarrely horrible aspects and irritating scenarios, work.

Whatever the female lead did, she had no chance with the crew, management, or director, particularly the producer. This short film may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you read the director’s note, you’ll see how it came to be.

This is based on his real-life experiences and observations. There are no ghosts, zombies, or other imaginary monsters to be found here. His short film’s characters are real.

OUT OF BODY
BY ENRICO PO
SHORT FEATURE COMPETITION 8/10

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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