Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang

Mar 17, 2012 by

Directed by Richard Somes of the famed indie film Yanggaw, this Star Cinema film features Derek Ramsay, Erich Gonzales with Epy Quizon, Mark Gil, and Tetchie Agbayani. From PEP.ph: Corazon is about a married couple who struggle to conceive a baby. They turn to excruciating religious rituals to overcome their plight and it paid off as the wife finally bears a child. On the day of the child’s birth, they found the baby dead. Feeling betrayed by God, the wife throws her faith and succumbed to the darkness inside her.

Sounds fun, yes?

I thought so too, until I had to sit through it and the film’s details come to life and you had to see all these things like mutations under the magnifying glass. The director succeeded in creating the right ambience for the film: distant, half-mystical, half-real. The cinematography brought us to a place we all seem familiar with and we try to recall where we’ve seen it before only to realize they exist in our dreams. I enjoyed the visual feel, the texture, the colors, the mood.

Until you notice the horrific puppetry work for that wild boar that resembles those nasty stuffed toys sold in sidewalks. And Derek’s character hunts and captures the stuffed toy with passion. And you think what the heck? Derek glistened under the foliage, his face with clean stubble you’d think he just got out of a really nice facial.

Until you see Tetchie Agbayani’s first appearance and you thought it was Diana Ross in a really bad hair day. And Tetchie does an amazing job as an actor. And you feel bad because her wig distracts you from what she’s got to show.

Until you start getting dizzy with the storytelling. You ask why is Corazon overly dramatic about every single thing uttered by someone else other than herself. You start wondering where the movie was leading to because there were so many sub-plots that created branches outside the heart of the film. There’s the post-war concerns, the hacienda issues, the connection of Corazon to the crazy woman, the healer with that freaky saint made of carton, and a whole bunch of nosy neighbors – each of whom try to talk about their lives. Were they trying to make an epic?

It may be a strong visual piece, but the storytelling had us veer away from a supposedly poignant and haunting simplicity of the story about a woman who fell desperate and gave in to the darkness of her own mind.

 

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