In my last review installment of the Philippine independent movies screened at the Cinemalaya X five months ago (which is long overdue), I pair up two relevant films about the Filipino youth which reside in the extremes of the social spectrum. The first one is a grisly look at calloused and desolate children who participate in street fights for a living; while the second is a timely affair with pampered teenagers who proved to be complex as opposed to the silliness of their so-called ‘first-world problems’. 2014 was a great year for the youth’s dramatic representation in Philippine indie (if only the mainstream field has grown up to showcase more mature and sensible material).
P.S. The following are really short reviews but I both like and recommend them (for the discerning and intrigued viewer).
Electrified by its excellent young cast and arresting direction, CHILDREN’S SHOW is a painful yet powerful drama inspired of true events – an unflinching look at the gritty games inured children play that no bystander would dare to join. It begs neither mercy nor pity but how admirable it is on every emotional blow it delivers.
Not your ordinary teen overdose of vices and angst, #Y is a delicate and opportune look on the more privileged kids of the society whose own drama is handled sensitively and tailored ingeniously, thus the injudicious need to judge.