During the quarantine last year, more and more people turned to online streaming specifically to Netflix. There was a time that my social media feed was full with a list of the best documentaries. I have watched a few, but I did not review or share any in this blog. But over the weekend, I was able to watch a documentary which I feel needs to be seen by everyone. It’s called “Posible: SPED Students’ Pursuit of the Arts”, a 45-minute documentary presented by Special Achievers.
A little note, before The Boy Foretold by the Stars (2020) they played a short film called Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe (Alexa, Xander and the Universe). If you want to read that review first, you may do so here. Now let’s get to the first MMFF entry that caught my eye.
Like the Cinemalaya and the JFF Plus: Online Festival, the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) also went online. The country’s annual film festival which runs from December 25 to the first weekend of January in the following year partnered with Globe’s GMovies and UPSTREAM. And from the usual eight films, MMFF expanded the selection to 10 one of which is the film I will review. However, before The Boy Foretold by the Stars (2020), they played a short film called Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe or Alexa, Xander and the Universe in English. So let me share with you my thoughts on this one first.
I am a fan of Jun Lana’s Die Beautiful, a 2016 drama and comedy film that premiered at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. The film won the Audience Award while the lead actor, Paolo Ballesteros won Best Actor. Die Beautiful (2016) garnered the attention it received. In fact, the film deserves more because of its beautiful narrative and lovable characters. So when I heard Jun Lana has another film starring Paolo Ballesteros and Christian Bables together with Martin del Rosario, I was excited. The film is called The Panti Sisters which was an entry to the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Unfortunately, I missed the festival last year but this week, the film finally arrived on Netflix.
SYNOPSIS: The Slums is a mockumentary that follows a documentary team as they terrorize a poor family living in the urban slums of Manila. The film features the colourful lives of the Reyes family: Nayda, the family’s loving mother with body image issues; Julio, the hardworking but not very bright father; Oliver, the fabulous son who wants to be a supermodel; Boy, the youngest and naughtiest child; and Pam, the feisty eldest child of the family. The family TV is broken and as they struggle to fix it, they grow increasingly annoyed as the documentary team becomes more involved in their daily lives.