Have you ever watched a local film where as the credits roll and the lights turn on you sit on your chair dumbfounded? Your brain going on overdrive, trying to process what just transpired on screen? That what you had just viewed was a rarity in Philippine cinema – an intelligent and thought-provoking film?
Alfred Yapan’s Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe), a finalist in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival, is one of these rarities. It is the story of Fe, brilliantly played by Irma Adlawan, and the men in her life – an abusive husband, an ex-flame, and a secret admirer. The last few minutes of the film is simply terrific and would most probably require repeat viewing or a heated but fun discussion with whoever you went to the movie with.
The film will be in competition this week at the Cairo International Film Festival and at the Bahamas International Film Festival in December. It has also been included in the lineup at the Chicago International Film Festival and the New Delhi’s Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival.