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04 August 2014

Cinemalaya 2014: "Hustisya" (Film Review)

Director Joel Lamangan is not known for his fluid and coherent direction and “Hustisya” is another example.  The only thing that holds the film together is Nora Aunor’s riveting performance. Despite being burdened by an uneven script, Aunor manages to make the film very interesting as viewers follow the complex changes that her character undergoes. After playing saintly or oppressed characters for many years, this time around, Aunor's character is the one that victimizes. Biring is probably Aunor’s most shady character, which further expands her acting repertoire. Most importantly, Aunor added another memorable line to her already full list of classic film quotes. Some audience members applauded spontaneously when Aunor yelled, “Akin na ang notebook ko,” uttered with the now famous Aunor tone.

Despite the flaws of the film, it also gave us one of the most important questions in Filipino films in recent years. “Ano ang binulong kay Biring? “(What was whispered to Biring?). Some are intrigued and demand an answer but I think the answer is written in Aunor’s face as she delivers her last laugh. Every iconic star, from Bette Davis to Elizabeth Taylor, will inevitably have their signature laugh immortalized in celluloid. Aunor just made hers. As testament to Aunor’s influence on her loyal fans, some of them left the theater mimicking Biring’s laugh. I suppose they got the point. Will you?

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