The Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 is about to enter its 2nd week tomorrow. Luck of all lucks, its most awarded entry (eight awards), which has been critically acclaimed internationally, a little indie called THY WOMB shot in Tawi-tawi, will finally be shown here in General Santos City, after all.
From Robinsons Place GenSan, we received word that Cannes Film Festival awardee Brillante Mendoza‘s movie featuring Superstar Nora Aunor, who plays Shalela, a barren Badjao midwife, will be screened at their Movieworld, from January 1 – 8, 2013. (Update: SM City GenSan has began screening the movie yesterday, January 4 until the 8th.)
Thy Womb earlier won for Nora Aunor the Bisatro D’ Oro Award for Best Actress from Venice film critics and another Best Actress plum from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia. The same award-giving bodies also gave the Best Director Awards to Brillante Mendoza.
I had the privilege to watch Thy Womb during its Philippine premier at the SM Lanang in Davao City sometime in November (and even met my idol Nora Aunor up, close and personal – a lifelong dream) and I must say that the movie deserves all the accolades and awards it has garnered from international film critics.
The intimate audience of cinephiles at the Davao premier who saw it along with me, including my Noranian Friends Forever buddies Nestor De Guzman, Epee Rafanan, etc.; my blogger buddies, Kikko Kalabud and GandaEverSoMuch had to give it a standing ovation because that was the only way at that time we can show to Direk Brillante Mendoza and Nora Aunor how much we felt about it. His obra was inspiring, absorbing, cerebral and fascinating, to say at the very least.
In more ways than one, it opened my eyes to the gentleness and industry of the Badjaos who like the rest of us, have the same concerns, be it about love, family, and survival. It may not be for everyone especially those who have been exposed to a hundred Pepeng Agimats, a thousand Sisterakas and a million Shake, Rattle & Rolls all their lives but hey, here’s your chance to see something categorized as an “indie film” that challenges your way of viewing, understanding and appreciating great cinema.
Still, if you won’t take my word for it and if the numerous awards that Thy Womb has received have not made you decide to watch it starting tomorrow at Robinsons GenSan, then here’s more. I am sharing here a collection of feedback via Twitter from those who have seen it first, mostly in Metro Manila. Some of the tweets below are from famous personalities but most are from the common tao and what they think about this Brillante Mendoza film. A few are from reviews of online publications.
Here they go in random order… (you may need to refresh the page if the tweets do not appear)…
Just watched #ThyWomb and loved it! More movies like this that show our culture, geography and life in many ways we don’t see
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) December 28, 2012
“I highly recommend Thy Womb as it explores the intricacies of rural life largely through the eyes of a Badjao midwife.” – Loren Legarda
— Nunca Valderama (@NuncaValderama) January 4, 2013
Home. I’m still feeling the waves of the sea; still hearing the sound of Muslim chants. The eyes of love and sacrifice and longing. #ThyWomb — Christian Marco (@christian_marco) December 28, 2012
Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb is a film every Filipino must watch. It is a beautiful portrait of Filipino culture.
— loren legarda (@loren_legarda) January 4, 2013
Di parin makagetover sa movie na “Thy Womb” — Phieliz Formaran (@mynameisfyel) December 28, 2012
Tried hard to hold back my tears during the final moments of #ThyWomb. Subtle but powerful drama. Husay! — Ryan Edward Chua (@ryan_chua) December 29, 2012
I just cannot put into 140 characters my feelings for the movie #ThyWomb. It’s sad that only a few could share the same appreciation. — Dane Maaño (@imdaintydane) December 28, 2012
Thy Womb is not just a movie, it’s a cultural experience. I felt immersed in every scene. Aunor’s no-acting acting is expectedly flawless. — Nikolai Crisostomo (@NikCrisostomo) December 28, 2012
Lahat ng pelikula ng #MMFF2012 nonsense except sa #ThyWomb. Yung pasensya ko di basta2 mauubos pero pera ko konting-konti nlng sa kakanuod. — Jethol C. Paanod (@CJethol) December 28, 2012
“Thy Womb” is one of the best films I’ve seen this year, local & int’l. Subtle, poignant, a moving work of art. #MMFF — Donna Phoebe(@donnaphoebe) December 28, 2012
Pls support #ThyWomb. Don’t ignore films that are well thought out and executed. Long live world-quality Filipino films. @brillante_ma — Chuckie Dreyfus (@chuckiedreyfus) December 29, 2012
If only for d immense love and effort put into d movie, Thy Womb is a must see. Amazing scenery, subtle acting. Beautiful.
— mylene basco-tiamson (@docmylene) January 2, 2013
“Boasting all kinds of international awards, Thy Womb is a strong film that follows a very defined aesthetic.” rplr.co/WEWuIh #MMFF
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 5, 2013
An appeal to theater owners: dont take out #ThyWomb jst bec it isnt raking it in as much. Maintain it bec it is a high quality film.
— Christine Babao (@ChristineBBabao) December 27, 2012
Done with #ThyWomb such a masterpiece.. Nora Aunor is really an epic.. Such a classic and timeless talent and also Lovi Poe did so well! 🙂
— Rheinven Diño (@Rheinven) December 30, 2012
Super ganda ng #ThyWomb ! #NoraAunor . Watch it!!!
— albert sunga (@albert1217) December 25, 2012
#ThyWomb is a beautiful piece of cinema, with simple yet quite effective and even marvelous filmmaking all throughout. 4.5/5*
— Dicot Alvarado (@SineCritic) December 30, 2012
Watched #ThyWomb with @mitchalvarez18! Clap clap clap! Awesome movie direk brillante!? now I know, Nora got the best actress award!?
— Evita Garcia (@evitagarcia) December 30, 2012
Sa bawat titig ng karakter sa langit,ibon,buwan,iniiwan ka rin na parang may sariling mundo,nagtatanong,napapaisip,o naguguluhan. #ThyWomb
— joms (@JomeL_Anthony) December 30, 2012
Minimal dialog in #ThyWomb. It shows not tells. So don’t expect to be spoon- fed:-)Bring more thinking skills than usual when seeing it.
— marilousyj (@assiprofm) January 5, 2013
Hi Direk @brillante_ma I saw #ThyWomb last Friday, congratulations and thank u for giving us this film. Ito ang pelikulang para sa Pilipino
— ryan aquino (@iamryanaquino) December 30, 2012
Watching ‘ThyWomb’ is like watching an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. A Filipino masterclass.
— Mark Delas Alas (@iMARKdspot) January 4, 2013
After kong manood ng #thywomb parang gusto kong gumawa ng term paper. Daming undertones. Daming issues. it’s surprisingly good. — nova clotario (@novaclotario) December 29, 2012
Sad. Beautiful. Tragic. #ThyWomb — Aldrin Paolo Palad (@aldrinpaolo) December 29, 2012
Friends! I want to urge you to watch #ThyWomb! Very proud of it. You dont see much quality acting nowadays like that. Do yourselves a favor. — Christian Marco (@christian_marco) December 29, 2012
Review: Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb (2012) oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2012/12/sinapu… — Oggs Cruz (@oggsmoggs) December 31, 2012
THY WOMB. It’s nice to know that only few can appreciate this film. It’s not made to make money. It’s beautiful, it’s a tresure! #ThyWomb — Mel Geroleo (@melgeroleo) December 29, 2012
Muslim culture, frustrations in life, sacrifice, freedom, plus, Nora Aunor’s awesome acting in one movie. #ThyWomb Worth it yung binayad ko — Denise Castilla (@CashtweenDenhit) December 29, 2012
Please do watch #ThyWomb. It’s not a typical mainstream Pinoy film.. Pero may lalim at saysay talagang panoorin. #widenyourperspective — Danica Salasalan (@DanicaSalasalan) December 29, 2012
#ThyWomb. This is Filipino Movie! Nakaka-proud! 🙂 — Phoebe dela Cruz (@phoebedelacruz) December 29, 2012
THY WOMB = Immersion. Feeling ko naki-homestay ako kina Bangas-An at Shaleha 😀 Whatta journey! ?congrats @lovipoe @thedancingbunny #thywomb — Mica (@senyoritamyx) December 29, 2012
Just saw THY WOMB at a special screening with the fans of Nora Aunor. Ate Guy is amazing and fearless! Those eyes speak pages of dialogue. — Perci Intalan (@percinotpercy) December 26, 2012
Saw #thywomb ysteday at SM Manila Cinema 11. The eyes of #noraaunor can really express d needed emotion w/o any dialogue. Wat an actress!!! — vincebr (@vincechal) December 29, 2012
REVIEW: Thy Womb challenges viewers to drop—for at least 90 minutes—their long-held beliefs, both personal & cultural. pep.ph/mmff-2012/revi… — Official PEP.ph (@PEPalerts) December 29, 2012
Thy Womb isn’t for everyone, but it’s exactly what Philippine cinema needs right now.
— Den Fajardo (@denfajardo) January 4, 2013
Thy Womb was an over – whelming and stunning Philippine Cinema experience. “First time” to see a Nora Aunor Film “in theater”.
— Vera Reyes (@veraereyes) January 5, 2013
At Gateway, saw @brillante_ma #thyWomb with Wade Rowland. Another great film by the country’s Brillante! Wel instagr.am/p/T5YU4Qm6xC/
— Maria Isabel Lopez (@beautyqueenmil) December 31, 2012
“Thy Womb” was legit, classy, and profound. We need more movies like that!
— Ivan Harry (@iamivanharry) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb Movie Review..A Glimpse To The Innermost Being Of A Woman, Of A Culture, Of A Race elysplanet.com/2012/12/09/bri… via @@elysplanet
— Merz Masangcay (@mermucho) December 24, 2012
THY WOMB. Was able to watch this film tonight and it left me with stirred emotions, in awe of our culture co instagr.am/p/UG-GA_O5Uq/
— madel zarina solijon (@zarinamadel) January 5, 2013
Ngayon ko lang narealize na ok naman yung Thy Womb. Nakaka Filipino ng todo. Tsaka ang taray lang ng kultura natin 🙂
— Lonnie Virtudes (@lonniebells) January 2, 2013
Finally watched ‘Thy Womb’. I think PHL movie people needs to produce more art films like this. Ganda! #thywomb #mmff #noraaunor — Jon delos Reyes (@jondinero) December 30, 2012
The traveler in me liked it. Thy Womb. As an admirer of fearless actors, I declare “like, like”. Bembol Roco and especially Nora Aunor. — Jove Francisco (@jovefrancisco) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb is so painful, it doesn’t shoot you straight in the head, it tortures you.. that even after watching it, your heart’s still crying.
— kace c (@kacecabali) January 4, 2013
THY WOMB’s simpicity is captivating. Most reviews say that Nora Aunor is MAGNIFICENT. Refreshing to see a Pinoy movie made this way!
— icko gonzalez (@ickogonzalez) December 30, 2012
Astig ang cinematograpiya ng thy womb!!:)
— Pats Mallari (@pats_iv) December 30, 2012
THY WOMB an epitome ofUNDERACTING carried through the very definition of #ARTISTRY .. Im impressed!
— Elmar Sorilla (@Ejsorilla) December 29, 2012
The movie Thy Womb made so much sense.
— Miguel Robles (@MeeGeh) December 30, 2012
Great review of Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb from a 15-year old!… fb.me/2D3LyVOrg
— SNNI FB Fan Page (@SNNIMiniSerye) December 29, 2012
Naiiyak pa rin ako pag naaalala ko ang Thy Womb. :'( I think I should watch it again tomorrow.
— Janis(@jlnarvas) December 29, 2012
I finally saw Thy Womb. ang ganda! ang ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda #sniff
— Maria Theresa (@jingdalagan) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb this is hypnotic and the prose is deeply textured. The last 5 minutes of the film strike directly to the human heart. Be prepared!
— K e n j o d o l f (@deathofsatara) December 27, 2012
#ThyWomb deserves a clap! This is what movie making is all about! Its an ART, not some silly shit that is flashed onscreen for its sake!
— John V Balino (@johnoyskie) December 27, 2012
#THYWOMB Congrats! 101% Quality, PERIOD! #MMFF
— Melvin Carson(@AndroidMelvin) December 27, 2012
THY WOMB is my Best Film of the new century.Curse me, bash me, crucify me, I don’t care.This is what I really feel and I’m proud of it.
— vincent tanada (@vincent_tanada) January 2, 2013
An hour after watching #ThyWomb , wala pa din ako maisip na actress of this generation na makakaganap sa role ni Nora w/ the same intensity. — Chanchan Miroy (@chanchan_miroy) December 27, 2012
Saw Thy Womb last night and Nora Aunor was pitch perfect! It was a quiet but profound performance! Please support it too 🙂 — Jet Valle (@jetvalle) December 27, 2012
Just saw thywomb last nite,The performance is spectacular and as Nora is the Best actresses of the world in a magnificent visual sublimation — Jenor Sollegue (@Jenor123) December 27, 2012
It is a heavy vehicle to pull through and I think the main protagonist gave justice to the role. Pero #Thy Womb remains my choice — William (@padrewilly) December 27, 2012
Unforgettable vistas of the sea, a mesmerizing culture, and restrained, yet stellar acting. #ThyWomb is seared in my soul. A must see. — Angelo Juan Ramos (@ajoramos) December 27, 2012
Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb is fast gaining word-of-mouth endorsement, as it trends on Twitter! — SNNI FB Fan Page (@SNNIMiniSerye) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb Mendoza’s most sentimentally-driven film w/ raw displays of emotion that punches you right in the heart. chikka-nessavenue.blogspot.com/2012/12/chikka… — Chikkaness Ave (@ChikkanessAve) December 31, 2012
“Her silence hits the ground like thuds. This is Nora Aunor. Words would only cheapen the moment.” – JESSICA ZAFRA #ThyWomb
And yes Nora Aunor is great in Thy Womb. Not a showy role but man her eyes are very expressive
— Jecoup Asombrado (@forg9587) December 26, 2012
— Teri Adolf Bautista (@tewitewtweet) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb made me realize that gender empowerment is a choice, not a prerogative. And that love supercedes the tenets of making that choice.
— Eric Po (@ImaginaryEricPo) December 31, 2012
“Thy Womb” hits you with such a powerful note. The story just burns to your soul.
— Alyana (@alyanapcerda) January 2, 2013
Yung eksenang nagsesex kayo ng asawa mo, poker face ka lang.. syet di ako makamove-on #thywomb #mmff2012 @folded14 twitpic.com/bqz6yp — Red Rivera(@RedRidingDude) December 31, 2012
#ThyWomb Si Nora Aunor pala ang artista na gumaganap sa tauhan ni Shaleha sa kabuuan ng kuwento. Bravo.rogeliobraga.blogspot.com/2012/12/kung-p… … — Wayne Alvarez (@AlvarezWayne) December 31, 2012
I encourage everyone to watch and support “Thy Womb”. A simply beautiful film by Brillante Mendoza 🙂 youtu.be/DKfCs2EcqBs — Christine Emano (@christingting) December 31, 2012
Review: Brillante Mendoza’s THY WOMB Is A Fascinating Look Into Nature, Culture And Humanity dlvr.it/2k9L0w — ICONOBLAST (@ICONOBLAST1) December 31, 2012
Ang lalim nang hugot ng Thy Womb. Wagi! @bj_borja — ley laksamana (@leylaksamana) December 31, 2012
I wasn’t too into it while watching it, but only now, two days later, do I realize that Thy Womb was such a good movie. — Jeff Stelton (@jeffstelton) December 30, 2012
just watched THY WOMB!Audience:Women,40&above ages.Ate Guy’s eyes spoke in the movie &will leave you wandering!Too powerful!Please Watch It! — joms (@JomeL_Anthony) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb made me think, made me breathe.Bravo to Mangada, Brillantes and Aunor. Mabuhay ang Philippine Movies. — sau del rosario (@chef_sau) December 30, 2012
Watched “Thy Womb” – was frozen. Not a fan, but La Aunor delivered such a ‘quiet’ but arresting performance. Her eyes should be Best Actor! — Amie Santos (@GoldenAmie) December 29, 2012
I am glad young people appreciate Nora Aunor as an actress. Not just blind followers. These are people who understand nuances of acting. — Isah V. Red (@isahvred) December 29, 2012
Thy Womb is a classic. How could any other actress possibly expect to beat Ms Nora Aunor when she’s not even acting? I’ve become a fan. — Monday Next (@bookwart) December 29, 2012
Except for a few ignorable flaws, I’m either running out or so full of wonderful words to describe Thy Womb and still do it no justice. — Ralph Morales (@iamralphmorales) December 29, 2012
RT @enahcruz: 1st time to ever watch a Nora film.. Noranian na ko. Sobrang galing. Ang ganda ng Thy Womb. Ang colorful. Ang deep. Ang sakit. — HF (Howard) Yambao (@eichef) December 29, 2012
“@cashtweendenhit: Paumanhin. Pamura lang saglit. PUTANG INA, ANG GANDA NG THY WOMB <3 HUHUHUHUHU” IKR! — Maria Roneth Yamsuan (@htenorr) December 29, 2012
MMFF Best Actress Awardee Nora Aunor: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1995 & 2012. she should be National Artist! RT if agree — Wilson Lee Flores (@WilsonLeeFlores) December 27, 2012
Its not what you think it is. Thy Womb is a great movie.-Just got home from Robinsons Movieworld GenSan with the @soxbloggers
— Gem Tadefa (@iheartGEM) January 1, 2013
#thywomb i luv this movie.ako ay npngiti, ngtaka, at sa huli ay npaluha.ganito b kasaklap ang pag-ibig kay Shalela? Pinaiyak ako ni Nora A.
— Marlowie Sandoval (@loveLowie) January 1, 2013
Just watched ThyWomb last nyt… Precious gems does not fit everyone. The film is a treasure!! Watch it and feel it.
— ron genovana (@wonskigen) January 2, 2013
Just watched #ThyWomb in GB3. Great acting and awesome visuals! #watchitandfeelit
— Izzarose Vacaro (@izzawose) January 2, 2013
Watching #ThyWomb was like eating blue cheese w/ wine. The burst of aftertaste is very rewarding.
— nemledda (@justnemhere) January 2, 2013
Damang-dama ko yung Thy Womb. O nga yung isang MMFF film ma-drama pero actions speak louder than words talaga eh!
— Paula Sabrine (@sprocketscience) January 2, 2013
In closing, here’s the Official Trailer of Thy Womb.
La Aunor doesnt have to scream, to drop her tears on the ground,to the big screen to prove that she is a very good actress,her silence acting prowess alone can prove that she is a very talented actress.
Thy womb is a good movie to watch.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Academy Awards with over 264 films in completion- Brisbane) and the Independent Critics Awards (Venice) awarded Nora Aunor the Best Performance by an Actress. A gem of an artist. Truly Filipino. A MUST SEE FILM.