Friday, September 07, 2007

Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala (1984)

Ipinanganak si Rebecca (Sharon Cuneta) sa isang dukhang pamilya. Bagama't mahirap, ang tanging pag asa niya sa buhay ang kanyang talento bilang isang mang-aawit. Ito ang kanyang naging puhunan upang maiahon ang kanyang pamilya sa ganap na kahirapan at maitapos sa pagaaral ang kanyang kapatid (Raymond Lauchenco). Hindi rin maubos maisip ni Rebecca ang pang-aapi ng kanilang mayaman na kapit-bahay, kung bakit ganoon na lamang ang kanilang galit sa kanyang pamilya. Ang masalimuot na nakaraan ng kanyang ina (Gina Pareño) ang uti-uting magbibigay liwanag sa lahat, at ito ang magdudulot ng pinaplanong paghihiganti sa mga umapi sa kanyang pamilya. Sa direksyon ni Emmanuel H. Borlaza. Tampok din ang musika ni Willy Cruz, kung saan hango ang sikat na kantang "Pangarap na Bituin"

This film may very well pass off as a drama musical. Cuneta sings huge song numbers on stage. Which should have been shortened to lessen the film's running time (a whopping 132 minutes). Besides the standard ballad songs, Cuneta and Raymond Lauchenco, sings a fun duet entitled "Buhay ng Mahirap" as they push their wodden cart collecting recyclables, they extol the life of the impoverished. Waking up and eating dried fish, each day revolving around their small wooden cart. Cuneta also sings pop 80's hits of the time, which will surely send sentimental folks down through memory lane. When Cuneta and company are not singing, there are subjected to the most inhumane acts headed by Pilar Pilapil, the rich neighbor together with her daughters (Lani Mercado and Eula Valdez). Only the father, Eddie Rodriguez, understands the plight of the poor. Comic favorites Vangie Labalan and Manny Castañeda provides relief on the melodrama. Labalan, is mostly remembered in movies such as Kumander Bawang and Ishmael Bernal's Himala.

Like most Filipino dramas during its time, Bukas makes the same mistake of putting too much in an already overflowing pot. Aside from its long song numbers, it seems that the oppressors are shown in a stereotypical light. They have nothing better to do but to inflict harm toward others. Don't get me wrong, the film's premise is good, although we've all heard of it before, it should have been kept to a minimum. Perhaps the best that came out of the film is the duet of Lauchenco and Cuneta.

Borlaza delivers his usual fare of melodrama highlighted by musical numbers. Sharonians must be very pleased with this. Also stars Tommy Abuel and Rey "PJ" Abellana.

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