PAN DE SALAWAL (Che Espiritu, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

I would usually fall for this type of excessively sentimental, unapologetically silly fantasy, but there were just so many scenes that made my eyeballs roll wildly in their sockets. Why wasn’t this a Lenten TV Special instead?

So a young Elsa (Ate Guy, not Frozen) literally and figuratively healed a small town with her magical hands and she never got mobbed at all? And why did she only heal a select few? Ang dami kaya nasa dialysis center. May favoritism?

And then it rained rock salt (LA Lopez would not approve) and the townspeople started dancing and making “snow” angels? Also, the person cured of kidney problems reverted back to his old salt-loving ways and didn’t learn anything? No, no, no.

Maybe that black rock actually stood for my already jaded heart.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 7, 2018.)

 

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