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by Heinrich Domingo

Kyel offers its viewers a 15-minute scene on how an addict loses his mind while waiting for his Rona. It is in this that the filmmakers hope viewers to see beyond addiction. It is obvious, they dream to be profound. 

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 The director intends to make his audience think. Majority of the film did not involve lines which suspends the viewers’ judgments. Details in the story-line are just interpreted through the hyper-realistic drug addict portrayal of Frank Ferguson Jr. Through saying less and showing more, Kyel proves that ideas are not to be spoon-fed. Film must always be metaphorical – continuously waiting for viewers to interpret.

Yet, as the story-line progresses, the film goes nowhere but sheer profundity. Once scenes are repeated, they begin to be dragging and the shots become too literal. Often, what the filmmakers show on the screen are disturbing. Such presentation can be helpful but a narrative on addiction and obsession does not need inhaling of naphthalene balls and mosquito coil (katol) or an image of salivating man just to be realistic.

In the end, the movie forces its audience to think deep on its presentation despite not having one.


Rating: ⭐ ⭐


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