HONOR THY FATHER
Directed by: Erik Matti
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Dan Fernandez, Tirso Cruz III, Perla Bautista, Yayo Aguila, Khalil Ramos, William Martinez, Lander Vera Perez, Boom Labrusca, Krystal Brimner
I missed seeing this indie film during the Cinemalaya 2015 Festival last November. Learned a few months back that lead star and one of my fave character actor John Lloyd Cruz even shaved his head for the title role! Whoa! That’s how dedicated he is to the film!
When I learned that Honor Thy Father is showing again for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF2015) I just could not miss watching it this time around. All was doing well until the news of its disqualification to be nominated as a Best Picture nominee erupted a day before the Awards Night December 27. Talk about “great timing” by the organizing committee. Of course HTF’s producers spoke out and aired their side for a reconsideration. There was even a clamor by film bloggers in social media to rally behind the movie. Even heard there were pull outs of the movie from some theaters. Tsk, tsk…
And so I finally viewed Honor Thy Father last December 27th and it did not disappoint my expectations.
The film revolved around the promise of get-rich-quick schemes that may be too good to be true, but are also too tempting to ignore. Sob stories of people robbed of their hard-earned money by these schemes are in the news almost every day.
I really loved the location choice which was predominantly filmed up north in Baguio City in the Mountain Province and Bontoc. Acting was no problem as every actor displayed mastery in the delivery of their roles. It was my first time seeing young actor Khalil Ramos on the big screen and was very impressed! Keep it up Khalil! I applaud Direk Erik for a socially-relevant film here even if I kinda was not in favor of the ending scene but still you all have my thumbs up, direk EM and JLC and Meryll. Congrats!
And so the MMFF 2015 Awards Night sailed on and here were the “deserving awards” garnered by Honor Thy Father minus of course the covered possibility of bagging the Best Picture award!
Honor Thy Father is still showing in a theater near you and hoping no more film pull outs until the end of the MMFF 2015 Festival a few days after New Year’s week.