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7.26.2008

WHAT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE

Paalam Aking Bulalakaw (Goodbye My Shooting Star)
Directed and Written by Khavn De La Cruz
Dialogue by Khavn De La Cruz & Meryll Soriano








Who knows what came to pass between K and Ana before today? K is, of course, director Khavn himself sort of, the man with the movie camera whom we never see, and Ana is Meryll Soriano, his obscure object of desire whom we can't take our eyes off. They talk and it's not as if it gets so obtuse as to resist parsing. Just weightless and hesitant and stumblebum . There are no codes in the conversation to decipher. What we talk about when we talk about love are the things that go unsaid anyway. The inarticulate speech of the heart. So maybe we should just take Khavn's word for it that K loves Ana and that's as far as it got. Which then makes this. . . what? Chance? Or design? Date? Or destiny? Unrequited? Reunited?

The Linklater parallels you invoke only to cut a long story short and to peg what can be a bitch to peg, what is better off seeing for yourself- - - Before Sunrise at 30 f.p.s. on a shoestring. The parallelism does take, somewhat - - - the walking around, the talking around, the going everywhere, the going nowhere. But there's no arc in this first person love story, no fate playing matchmaker, no intrusions from the universe. Only the brutal symmetry - - - the solipsistic economy and delicate equilibrium and minimalist stasis
- - - of its POV.

It's the longest goodbye in the universe when your shooting star burns out, shooting star here's used loosely, figuratively. It rings more poetically in the vernacular - - -bulalakaw. You call them that because they burn so bright, because you wistfully look to the sky for their trajectories to cross your radar again even after their orbits have passed most likely forever, because you wish on them. But you knew that and maybe you knew that out of having had this extraterrestrial hurt too, out of having the unforgettable face of that lapsed darling afterimaging in your head long after her radio silence, her invisibility, her supernova before your eyes. And all of this is in K's head. Like the lovesongs falling on deaf ears, like the poetry in the details, like the words that fail, like the wishfully-thinking extraterrestrial hurt it hooks me with.

13 comments:

chard bolisay said...

medyo salbahe ang indie sine - - d/w meet dave kaya sa umaga't tanghali lang puwede mapanood. sayang. ayus pa naman ung istorya.

dodo dayao said...

Puhca may nanonood pa ba ng Meet Dave - - hell, may nanonood pa ba ng Eddie Murphy - - - at sa sine pa?

chard bolisay said...

definitely not me. haha. by the way, khavn's ultravisions looks very interesting. would love to get a copy of it.

dodo dayao said...

Yup, do. There'll be a book launching at MagNet Katips on the 18th ,I think.

RONeiluke, RN said...

reminds me of a quote from one tree hill:

When the boy saw the Comet, his life had meaning. It was more than just a comet because of what it brought to his life - direction, beauty, meaning. There were many who did not understand. and sometimes he walked among them. but even in his darkest hours he knew in his heart that someday the comet would return to him, and his world would be whole again. and his belief in God and Love and Art would be reawakened in his Heart.

Straycat260 said...

Panunuorin ko sana tong film na to kaso di ko inabot yung oras kasi hati sila ng isang film. Minalas tuloy ako kasi yung Kalakal na lang ang pinagtiyagaan ko. Maganda ba to?

dodo dayao said...

Kung ito ang una mong Khavn . . . mahirap tantsyahin ang magiging reaksyon mo, although wala din akong maisip na ibang pelikula ni Khavn na panonoorin bago dito bilang paghahanda. Tsaka mas masarap din yung hindi ka handa.

Kakaiba - - - pero gasgas na yung qualifier na yun e at tsaka para sa akin isa ito sa pinaka-pop na gawa niya.

Mas gaganda kung mahilig ka sa lovesongs - - - yung mala-Todd Rundgren o Ben Folds ,in particular.

Straycat260 said...

Dodo, nakapanuod na ako ng squatter's punk niya sa cinemalaya dati. Aminado akong na-stress ako after.

Naintindihan ko na ngayo na ganun pala talaga ang mga gawa niya. Salamat.

Ok lang ba add kita sa links ko?

dodo dayao said...

Walang problema. Tsaka Oo naman sa pag-add. :) Add din kita. Salamt din sa pagbisita.

Straycat260 said...

salamat.

damibabols said...

mahusay! inad ko si khavn sa pesbuk. unang khavn ko to. mabuhay! mabuhay din ang sampay bakod production. aprub.

Darc Diarist said...

napanood ko sa TV5. ang-galing sobra. pati nanay at tatay ko nakinood na rin tuloy. at ang-galing din ng abstract at interpretation mo sa pelikula. galing!

dodo dayao said...

Salamat. ;) Ito ata ang paborito kong trabaho ni khavn. O isa sa mga paborito ko, at least.