Cinemalaya 9 Directors’ Cut: PORNO, a review

If you are to watch Porno and you think you can get an idea after you asked me about it, I would suggest to think of the latest pornographic video you watch (I bet you have in your mind), imagine the things you remember and that’s what you will see in the movie.

But, since pornography is applied to film specifically indie, expect to get some “lessons” and be enlightened with things you don’t know beyond the thing.

Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Porno tells you the story of an assassin, a porn dubber and a transgender which have their own sets of story and introduces you to their own pornographic or emotional life.

Basically, Porno is a three-episodic film.

The Introduction

As the film starts, you will see a dark red room showing only the bed part of it. A few minutes, a woman entered the room. She took off her dress and suddenly heard a reaction from the audience. A man then entered dressed in yellow shirt. After different shots were established, the man and woman then did the sexual act, forcibly. The woman was begging the man to intreat her after the force penetration. After sometime, the situation reversed. The man was beginning to intreat to the woman. The woman took the man in the place called CR however it was not seen from the view. The man’s shout of begging was unheard and the woman was seen full of blood. This gave the audience the idea that the woman killed the man. No one witnessed the scene except the CCTV camera later found by the woman.

Porno in CCP exhibit

The Assassin

Yul Servo, the assassin, was counting 1001,1002,1003… while patiently penetrating his penis. A slut woman played by Rosanna Roces whole-vaginadly accepting the angry muscle of her lover assassin. The shot was then established to a motel room as it was no kitchen or window.

Then out of nowhere, a TV broadcast news announced that a certain archbishop was fortunately did not meet his death. The assassin was surprised.

The scene then transferred to the two who successfully did sex. They were talking to something which the audience was not minding to. They were distracted by the video pornography playing in the television lying above them. Then there was a small mirror in the room.

A string like thing with the light that reflected from the mirror helped the audience to look in the tv. The string was positioned like an arrow pointing upward.

Beforehand, the assassin heard some noises of howl from the other room. He shouted for it but no responses received.

Bembol Roco then entered the scene. After some conversations of failed killing to the Archbishop, the assassin was killed, shot straight to the head, by Bembol Roco.

When Rosanna visited the assassin, an imaginary dog in smoke passed her. That’s when Rosanna found his dead lover.

The Porn Dubber

The introduction to the Porn Dubber played by Carlo Aquino was obvious. With all the headphones, a woman in front of him, and a large screen of pornographic video, the audience had the idea that the job was porn dubbing.

If you are a kind of indie film fan, especially Adolf Alix Jr. films, you may really appreciate his shots that extends for a minute or so. The establishing shots was dominantly executed in the porn dubber episode. Or else, in the whole film.

The Porn Dubber was a bully and naughty one. He asked the girls he met online to make video chat, took of their clothes and after posting sexy, the porn dubber would screen shot the act. The audience was introduced to another “raket” of the porn dubber.

Because of his inhumane acts toward women, the Porn Dubber met his biggest enemy – one of the girls he ‘damaged’. He heard the voice of the girl.

The Porn Dubber was scene listening to the novena. After sometime, while the others praying the rosary, he was suddenly fell into the ground.

The Transgender

Played by Angel Aquino, the transgender was first seen in a stage dancing gracefully. Establishing shots of the backstage where costumes, make-ups or the other transgender flocked in.

Although this film established the transgenderistic of the episode, some audience might not get satisfied with Angel Aquino as transgender. Of course, she is a woman and the audience looked to her as that.

The drama of her was when she received a call from “her wife”, I supposed, that their son will be celebrating his birthday. They planned to talk over Skype. Unfortunately, the transgender looked like really a woman and when she showed up to his son, he was not recognized.

The transgender faced in the mirror before the exclusive meeting with her son. There was the Virgin Mary beside her.

Symbolism

Although Porno is obviously an “immoral” type of film that considered by some, there were actually religious items and images used in all of the episodes. In the assassin’s story, the Archbishop, a Catholic church leader wasn’t killed. In porn dubber, the film showed us the rosary and “Hail Mary” prayer. In transgender, there was the figure of Virgin Mary in the mirror.

All of the episodes also had some like of a supernatural or unbelievable things happened to the characters. In the assassin’s episode, there were voices of woman and man in sex and the dog in smoke. In the porn dubber, there was the shadow of the girl in the computer and in the transgender, the son was appeared among the audience and the scene when she ran for his son in the abandoned place where she was working.

Mr Alix meets Vj

Me with the director himself, Mr. Alix

Although I am not professional in doing a review of films and I am a very big fan of Alix, I would recommend watching this film. It’s an extraordinary. The film is not shy. Penis, vagina, tits, sex toys, red colors, dark colors and pornographic words all appeared and heard.

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