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6.18.2007

BLACKOUT

Blackout (2007)
Directed by Ato Bautista
Written by Shugo Praico











It's Repulsion for the way it wrings murky delirium out of one man going to slow seed - - - at some point, you half-expect hands to emerge from the grimy walls and grope Robin Padilla's narcoleptic landlord. But his downward spiral doesn't root itself in sexual hysteria and, in fact, his psychoanalysis- - - his denial twist,if you will - - - you can see coming and is a bit colorless when it does. The piece owes him for owning you, though. Like Deneuve, Robin's a one-man band of emotive palpitations. His recurring blackouts ,the dead people he sees walking about and that stink coming off the septic tank could well be figments of a man at odds with his milieu ,and it's Repulsion for that ,too - - - the oppressive claustrophobia of one man held prisoner in the chokehold of his environment. * * * *

4 comments:

Etchie said...

this in limited run?

hear the film's good daw...

dodo dayao said...

Yeah, possibly the most interesting thing Unitel's done.

Showing exclusively at SM Cinemas but am sure Indiesine will pick it up eventually.

Etchie said...

hopefully on dvd, as well...

Ronald said...

Robin's finest hour bar none. Not really for mainstream Pinoy indie audience.