Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III
Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
Starring Mitos Benitez, Kidlat Tahimik, George Steinberg, Kawayan de Guia and Wigs Tysman
Magellan, the famous navigator, met his untimely death in the Philippines before he could circumnavigate the globe. Ironically, it was his slave and translator Enrique who most likely was the first to achieve the historic feat.
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★★★★ review by Filipe Furtado on Letterboxd
The revenge of the colonized. The conquistador epic retold. The insane film guys like Herzog and Coppola could only dream of make because Kidlat knows he doesn't has to answer to anyone but himself. Many moments of awe along with a lot of tough ones, cinema as way o reimagine a brutal historical relationship, of recovering history though fiction.
★★★★ review by Doug Dibbern on Letterboxd
Bizarre, whimsical, frustrating, inelegant, funny, political, smart, completely disorganized in an intentional way, an unsatisfying mixture of 16mm footage from the 70s with crappy video from the present (and mismatched in an intentionally unsatisfying way). I both loved it and was bored. But Kidlat Tahimik is one of my heroes. Incomprehensible and unwatchable? Perhaps. Deliriously idiosyncratic? Yeah. Like any other movie I've ever seen? Definitely not. Everyone should be taking chances like this. Precisely so that they can fail this fascinatingly -- so much more beautifully than most other directors' successes.
★★★★ review by Paolo Kagaoan on Letterboxd
Funniest post-colonial film I've seen so far. My review. intheseats.ca/quiet-lightning-review-balikbayan-1/
★★★★★ review by Alvin Cabalquinto on Letterboxd
Got to watch the reedited version by Kidlat Tahimik.
Oh my, he just made it meta-licious!
★★★½ review by patchwork on Letterboxd
Un film sulla vita di Enrique, schiavo di Magellano e primo uomo a circumnavigare la terra, si mescola alla ricerca di una persona nelle filippine contemporanee. Film completamente libero, per molti versi affascinante
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