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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) Premiere Night + Review

It has been a while since I watched an indie film with a critical eye on the story line.
Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) is a story of a schizophrenia patient, Irene (Agot Isidro), as she and her family undertake the situation and the treatment of her illness.

I never doubted Ms. Agot Isidro's acting skills. She's ageless and very versatile and especially in this role where she needs to represent a simple, caring mother and wife to her family-turned paranoid, schizophrenia patient. Both she and her husband, Ed (TJ Trinidad) are nurses and when Ed went to Dubai to work overseas, she was left with their son, her mother-in-law and brother-in-law. Due to frightening events that happen around their area and traumatic experiences of Irene in the past, lead her to be protective of her family and all of a sudden, develop symptoms of schizophrenia. She sees and hears voices and "house guests" and recalls the moments during Martial Law.

TJ Trinidad (Ed) and Agot Isidro (Irene)

The story revolves around the development of the illness, and how the family adjust and help with her treatment. The movie shows how the patient could develop such illness how it could affect the relationships within the family.

I liked the flow of the story where it develops efficiently with the characters. Change where the change is needed. Plus the hindered disclosures breaks the monotony of the story line. Also the cinematography is good, they used the continuous shooting technique and close-up shooting to make the audience feel like they are with them and see the emotions deeply.

It's not a glamorous film. Low-key, might be. But the "feels" and emotions are heart-felt.
The movie has a message not only about schizophrenia, which is indeed the core, but most of all about the role of the family in this kind of situation.

TJ Trinidad is fitting for Ed's role since the character needs a strong and faithful personality. I personally think he is too handsome for the role! Haha! Anyway, he did really good and I can't help thinking, when we were inside the cinema, of his reaction watching himself in this kind of film?
It's my first time to watch a movie with the actor/actress watching with us and it really feels strange.

Cast and crew.

All in all, Mga Anino ng Kahapon is a very good, inspiring and heart-felt movie. It may not bring you to tears instantly but I assure to you that the ending will put you in the verge of crying, at least. Well, you'll never know when. :)
And that is an applause to the Director and Writer, Alvin Yapan and all of the cast for a memorable film. Yes, it left an impression. A very good impression, indeed.

After the movie we had photos!! Yay!

Watch Mga Anino ng Kahapon at these following cinemas and schedules.

Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) is under MMFF New Wave Category.
Let us support Filipino films!

Momo :)

P.S. Thanks (again) Ate Melai for the invite! :)

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