Woman on a Tin Roof

Enjoyably awful meller has obvious affection for Filipino films of the past, invoked through stills, posters and offbeat characters. Helming is ham-fisted, but this adds to the fun --- albeit a brand that won't fit well with fest or arthouse views of Asian cinema.

Enjoyably awful meller has obvious affection for Filipino films of the past, invoked through stills, posters and offbeat characters. Helming is ham-fisted, but this adds to the fun — albeit a brand that won’t fit well with fest or arthouse views of Asian cinema.

Pic is adapted from a well-known 1970s play, although promo material blares that “Some episodes are based on real-life incidents, straight from the annals of gossip magazines!” Tale centers on a brawny stuntman (Mike Magat) who takes his child bride (Aya Medel) to a Manila cemetery where some movie veterans live, since their crypts are the only real estate they own. Topping these are old-timer Anita Linda, exerting authority despite the worst facelift this side of Sally Jesse Raphael. There’s also a creaky gay subplot. No-budget tech credits are hilarious, as when protag leaves his rain-drenched hut (of the title) for a pay phone next door, where sky is blue and birds are chirping. Highlight: Whenever the cemetery’s resident musical genius lifts a trumpet to his lips, Casio organ sounds rush out — and off-camera player doesn’t even avoid hitting chords.

Woman on a Tin Roof

(DRAMA -- FILIPINO)

Production: A Good Harvest Films (Quezon City) production. Produced, directed, written by Mario O'Hara, based on a play by Agapito Joaquin. Camera (color), Rey De Leon; editor, Edmondo Jarlego; music, Blitz Padua. Reviewed at the Vancouver Film Festival, Oct. 3, 1999. Original title: Babae sa Bubungang Lata. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: With: Nike Magat, Aya Medel, Anita Linda, Frank Rivera, Renzo Cruz, Allen Dizon.

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