SA PUSOD NG DAGAT (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1998)

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Pinoy-style magical realism set in the ’50s sprinkled with local myths and folklore that included a sirena that signalled bad luck, a woman that gave birth to a snake, the art of kulam, and an albularyo and his boundless knowledge on duwendes and masasamang espiritu, among others.

In one scene, Elizabeth Oropesa drank her own concoction of pampalaglag and furiously jumped around while punching her stomach. If this were set in the ’80s, she would have only needed one tablet of Cortal and a bottle of Coke to wash it down.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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