Shireen Seno at IFFR
Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song
John Torres films fragments and diaries. He set off and looked at his own country, the land outside the city, like an alien. He posed questions to himself about grand themes such as inequality and colonialism, but kept it personal. Read along with his diary.
Some films want to capture life the way it was. Or how the filmmaker thought it was. Not all attempts succeed, but this one does. A portrait of the heart of the Philippines, when the director still had not been born. It feels as if she was there, with her father’s Super-8 camera.
Sensitive, sparkling film that captures the confusing and magical moments alike in the life of a child who, while preferring to be by herself, deep down also longs to be heard. The events of 1987 in the Philippines play a role in the background, but shy Yael is more concerned with her absent father, her uncle who is a rock star and a pen with special powers.