I have always believed that a superb art no matter what medium it is should be something that emits emotion subject to the sensors’ perception. It should be an art that is open to the subjective interpretation by the people who experiences it.
This precept is especially true of the Filipino film entitled Tuos, an official entry in the 2016 Cinemalaya Film Festival presently running at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The conduct of the story as well as the moods of each of the characters in the film are all subject to the interpretation by the viewers.
Directed by Derick Cabrido, I consider Tuos as one of the most exotic Filipino film from among the Filipino films that I have seen. Though the movie has the tendency to get quite dragging, some of the rich colors of the Filipino customs and culture were shrewdly presented.
And aside from the impeccable acting of the legendary Filipino actress, Nora Aunor who plays Pina-Ilog in the movie, what particularly impressed me by Tuos were the additional layers of art that were fittingly mixed in the story. The landscape presented in a modern visual art and the haunting old folklore of a song mixed together during the animation portion of the movie were pure brilliance. These layers of art added up to the already rich texture of the movie.
When the movie ended and was already rolling its credits, I was left s mystified, stunned and thinking. With my limited cerebral capacity, I tried interpreting the scenes and the narratives that were presented. And there’s one last thing that I realized about Tuos, that it is indeed one exotic and powerful movie that only the smart and brainy human beings would be able to appreciate.
Sori na lang sa mga bobo, pang matalino lang ang pelikulang ito.