Years When I Was a Child Outside

  • 100'
  • Philippines
  • 2008
This poetic, complex, yet also very sensitive and personal film, is both a diary and an essay as well as a test of competence. A quest for a form, not just to describe one's own past, but also to give it purpose. An experiment in the true sense of the word.
The film is mainly about the relationship between the film maker and his father. That father, Rodolfo Torres, was a successful author and seller of self-help books, whose publishing empire collapsed at a certain point. After this disaster for the family, it also emerges that the father has another complete family with wife and children alongside his own family. This is the moment for the son to flee the house.
De film maker himself regards the film as a meditation, a travelogue about a quest with which he tries to create order in the chaos. The journey therefore begins against the background of the damage caused by a super typhoon in Manila.
The film is made up of a collage of various material that is held together by its personal tone and distinguishes itself from all those other films in which film makers look back on their own childhood thanks to its contemplative approach. The maker analyses his story and his narrative style from a distance, as it were. And that provides a strikingly paradoxical film that is very personal yet also very analytic. (GjZ)






Director
John Torres
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
100'
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Original title
Taon noong ako’y anak sa labas
Language
Filipino
Producer
John Torres
Production Company
Los Otros Films
Sales
Los Otros Films
Screenplay
John Torres
Cinematography
John Torres
Editor
Ruelo Lozendo, John Torres
Production Design
Sherad Anthony Sanchez, John Torres, Mario Lim
Sound Design
Tad Ermitano, Arvie Bartolome
Music
Khavn, Makiling Ensemble
Cast
Donna Miranda, Ian Lomongo