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03 August 2014

Cinemalaya 2014: "Sundalong Kanin" (Film Review)

“Sundalong Kanin” is outstanding. The film focuses on the complicated nature of war and its atrocious consequences. However, what makes the film unique from most Filipino war films about World War II is that story revolves around innocent children. We witness the horrors of war from the point of view of children, specifically young pre-pubescent boys. From innocence to harsh realization, the young boys discover the true face of war, but without the experiences and maturity of adulthood to help them process, they become war’s most tragic casualties. 

Director Janice O’Hara skillfully balances the poignant, the terror, and surprisingly, even the silliness of conflict. Class conflict is not ignored, and simplistic moral judgment is not shoved down your throat. The young actors gave heartfelt and brave performances but Marc Abaya stands out from the rest. 

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1 comment:

  1. For me, the best picture of Cinemalaya 2014. The cruelty of war spares nobody, children included. I felt how the movie will end but when it happened, truly war is not a child's play.


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