This is a very much late review of Respeto, an entry in 2017 Cinemalaya. I chose to save the best for last.
Directed By: Treb Monteras II
When an amateur rapper and a seasoned poet are thrown together in a moment of violence, they learn to write verses with new found clarity.
Here are my thoughts:
- You should watch it. That’s all.
- Among the themes of Filipino film festivals are the present war vs drugs of the administration, and extrajudicial killings. Basically, people are dying.
- After watching tons of movie about the topic, it becomes exhausting.
- Respeto presented the topic in a beautifully crafted poetry. It was a delight to watch unfold before my eyes.
- I don’t know how the movie made it work. There were tons of issue and subcontexts yet it all blended wonderfully into a cinematic masterpiece.
- The old vs young, poetry vs rap, martial law vs war on drugs. My goodness, just thinking about the movie makes me want to see it again.
- Chai Fonacier is a gem.
- Abra found a new fan in me.
- I will be watching this again when they re-screen it. And I am also urging my friends to see it as well.