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Saan Patungo Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong? (Mes de Guzman, 2005) September 4, 2007

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Asian Films, Noypi, UP Screening.
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Originally published in Digital Buryong on July 4, 2007

Title Translation: Where does the Road to Kalimugtong lead to?

English Title: The Road to Kalimugtong
Director and Writer: Mes de Guzman
Cast: Analyn Bangsi-il, Rhenuel Ordoño, Hallen Sumingwa, Jay Bassig, Joey Almoete

I understand why most people hate slow-paced films. No action. No drama. Too stationary. No progression. Less character development. So artsy-fartsy. And as my friend told me after seeing Kubrador, “I hate a-day-in-a-life films.” In this case, should we blame these filmmakers for picturing life itself?

What I just don’t get is the idea that they are called ‘dragging.’ Does it mean that these films are forcing you to fathom each character’s motivation and how it affects the plot and the narrative? Or taking it literally, do they drag you from one scene to another?

But the way I see it, all films are ‘dragging’ in nature. Each one of them is guilty of hauling along its audience in its world view or political stance. I strongly believe that pacing is the most important aspect of a film. The reason why Gil Portes’ movies (I resort not to call them films) are failures is because his works are irresponsibly paced and do I still have to say it? He’s overly hypocritical.

Having said that, Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong gains my vote as the finest film of 2005. Mes de Guzman’s indulgence in his shots, actors, and narrative is impressive. He’s in full control. His treatment compensates with the story which might seem stereotypical after the success of Iranian children films (Children of Heaven, The White Balloon, and The Color of Paradise), Batad, and Mga Munting Tinig. No question, Kalimugtong is from a different universe.

As The Smiths perfectly explains it, There is a light that never goes out. The Philippine cinema is now alive and kicking. Hope to see more of these films. * * * *

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1. bittergrace - September 19, 2007

“But the way I see it, all films are ‘dragging’ in nature. Each one of them is guilty of hauling along its audience in its world view or political stance.”

agree! agree! haha.

2. lilokpelikula - September 19, 2007

haha. salamat sa pagbisita ayn! :)

3. cecile - November 17, 2007

wala bang tagalog version sa story?

4. lilokpelikula - November 19, 2007

hi cecile. panung tagalog version? it’s subtitled in English (and it doesn’t rely much on dialogue).

5. DM - November 19, 2007

walang tagalog version ng story? tinatamad kasi akong mag-translate para sa takdang aralin namin:)

6. lilokpelikula - November 20, 2007

i guess you just have to work hard for it. the film is on its native language and as i said, the dialogues are not that much. good luck on your assignment. :D

7. erlene - November 25, 2007

hi………to all…….
wla ba kayong balak na gumawa ng summary sa kwentong ito???????????
kasi project namin eh……..
hehehe

8. lilokpelikula - November 26, 2007

guys, don’t copy. here’s a link that could be very helpful: http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2007/06/ang-daan-patungong-kalimugtong-2005.html
oggs, pardon me.

9. chandra - November 27, 2007

astig mo po..
ganda ng movie na toh!
naiyak ako kahit hindi ako umiiyak sa public..
sa puso ko tumulo ang luha..

add nyo po ako:

ardnahc_chandra@yahoo.com

zenkyu…

10. bittergrace - November 29, 2007

bwahahahahaha, chard. wala lang…kumusta naman ang mga…lemme guess, high school (?)…students na tinatamad gumawa ng takdang aralin?

11. lilokpelikula - November 29, 2007

hahahaha, ayn grabe nang-asar pa!! haha grabe friends, behave. don’t plagiarise please. you’ll learn a lot of that in college so better start doing it now. :D

12. bittergrace - November 30, 2007

wala lang…bilang naaasar ako sa mga tutee ko recently, kailangan ilabas. okay lang naman ang tinatamad, pero parang ang hirap lang gumawa ng summary no? asa ka pa na hindi nila ipaparaphrase yan kahit konti.

13. -jed - December 1, 2007

wla lang din may project lang naman kami tungkol dito…
naghahanap ng mga pics….

14. lilokpelikula - December 1, 2007

ah. good luck! tingin ko konti lang yung mga larawan ng pelikulang ‘to — galingan niya na lang sa pagsulat. ;)

15. girl bawang - December 12, 2007

why is that wala keung summary tsa ang daan patungong kalimugtong? but actually the scene is so awesome. no comment ako jan!!!!!

16. Francis - December 12, 2007

this film is a nice and you can get a moral lesson in this how the children to survive in there life for being to help there. jinky is a responsible sister thats why his brother potpot love here very much….

i love the story u amaze me a lot first time to see indi film

17. Francis - December 12, 2007

i hope theres a summry in this film so i can make an out line to my report,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

18. nica - December 12, 2007

sana meron summary

19. bittergrace - December 14, 2007

children, he is not here to do your homework for you. and no amount of badgering will change that. it’s not hard to make a summary if you already watched the film. you have brains, right? why don’t you use them and stop being whiny idiots.

20. joseph - January 9, 2008

ang pangit ng movie……….period

21. lilokpelikula - January 12, 2008

kids, how’s your assignment going? here’s a good deal: next time you’ll have a homework regarding a film review, i’ll be glad to help you out (that is, if I have seen it). just this thing with Kalimugtong — you’re acting like rascals (i deleted some ill comments) and it’s not good. so with that, would you mind sending me your papers through email? i’m interested in reading them.

22. Michelle - January 26, 2008

Sir De Guzman you are a really genius Director. How did you make this movie in natural scenes and events? I can’t believe it’s unavailable. And by the way I’m an Igorot and I’m proud of it.

23. lilokpelikula - January 26, 2008

Hi Michelle,

Great that you liked it. Perhaps it’s unavailable (I suppose you mean in VCD or DVD format) because it is costly to distribute. And Kalimugtong is not supported by a mainstream production company — so maybe that’s why. But I’m sure Mr. de Guzman would be glad if someone could help him distribute his films in these formats, including Diliman and his short, Batang Trapo.

By the way, I’m not Mes de Guzman. Just someone who wrote about his film. :D

24. LA Yamsuan - January 28, 2008

richard bolisay! si LA to, a.k.a. ma’am kate. hahahhaha. may contact ka ba kay mes de guzman? balitaan mo naman ako kung meron. thank you.

25. lilokpelikula - January 28, 2008

yo LA, hala, hindi kami magkakilala ni Mes de Guzman — ang huli kong encounter sa kanya, sa Barriotic Punk pa. haha. medyo hindi rin kasi siya lumalabas sa mga events. sori kung hindi nakatulong.

26. rivelyn - February 10, 2008

hello po…ganda ng show…it’s 4 my project,,,yong mga social issues!!!kalimugtong gayud…hehhehe

27. laloo - August 9, 2008

hi po! hmm, request lang po ako about sa literal meaning ng “amg daan patungong kalimugtong”.. also the values of education given in this movie.. thanx!!! it’s for the project… ü

28. mia - August 13, 2008

i liked the moviE..its fuNnY..
but it rally shows reality..kUng what kind of education mayroOn ang mga lib2 na LugaR..!

29. Karen Kate - August 15, 2008

hi just want to say i love the movie,very much, naalala ko tuloy yung buhay ko noon sa province noong kasalukuyang hindi pa nadedevelope ang daan at tulay, kailangan namin tumawid ng 3 ilog para lang makarating sa san agustin elementary school,naiinis lang ako kung bakit natatawa ang iba while watching the movie, maybe hindi sila makarelate, sana lang kung sino man ang nakapanood ng movie eh hindi lang pagtawa ang naenjoy nila, i just hope they learn something and appreciate the life that they have now. si dra. reyes ba prof nyo, ang literal meaning ng ang daan patungong kalimugtong is simply ang daan patungo sa paaralan ng kalimugtong, para kina jinky at potpot napakahalaga sa knila ang edukasyon,hindi nila inisip kung may damit ba silang susuotin, or inshort salat man sila sa material things or sa pinansiyal at kahit gaano pa ka layo ang paaralan nila,nagpursige pa rin silang pumasok araw araw,ika nga para sa kanila tanging ang edukasyon lamang ang isang bagay na kaya mong ipagmalaki at hindi ito mananakaw ng sinuman,tanong ko lang sa inyo,kaya nyo bang maglakad ng ganun ka layo para lang pumasok?iilan lang ang sasagot na oo mainit na panahon nga lang magtatricycle na, kaya nyo bang kainin ang National Food of Benguet araw araw? na walang kanin? kaisnis talaga ang mga taong nagsabi ng yuck habang naglilinis ng tae ng baboy si jinky at potpot, samantalang sila ang lakas kumain ng baboy..GOOD LUCK SA MES DE GUSMAN SALUDO AKO SAYO. para po sa mga may assignment try nyo kayang ulit ulitin ang movie ng maintindihan nyo. buy ulit kayo ng ticket kung meron pa..

30. Richard Bolisay - August 16, 2008

Salamat sa pagbabahagi mo, Karen Kate. Napakagandang kuwento. At saludo rin ako sayo. Taga-saan ka pala? Tingin ko mas maganda pa nga yung naisulat mo kaysa sakin e! Pakinggan niyo siya mga bata, at gawin ang takdang-aralin nang mabuti.

31. chae diane - August 19, 2008

an9 9nda pu n9 pelikula nio!
nka2tuwa!! at mai m9andang aral..
hndi pu xa nka2pan9hinayan9 kp9 pnanuOd n9 iba!
MANUOd DIN KAU!! 9ndAaaaAaa pROmizx..! =)

32. Mae - November 18, 2008

iwan ko ksi d ko pa napanood un e!

sigeh pag napanood

ko na kukukwento ko syo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pag nkita kita in person

33. pinikpikan - May 6, 2009

ANG DAAN PATUNGONG KALIMUGTONG- I’ve read a lot of good praises about this indie film and i’m dying to watch it but i don’t know how and where to buy a copy. Is it really unavailable? If i can’t buy, how can i watch it? Is there any website like a pay per view or something?

34. jomar bonaobra - August 13, 2010

ang kritiko ay dapt ipinapakita ang mga pamantayn sa pag suri ng akda una dapat alamin kung para kanino ang akda ikalawa anung ugnayan nito sa lipunan at ano ang problema nito na maiiuugnay sa lipunan

35. Cinelarga - August 29, 2010

To all who wish to buy/watch a copy of this film, sad to say it’s not available on your local movie cinemas or movie store or torrent sites. The Indie film “Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong” is exclusively distributed by Cinelarga Productions for campus tour nationwide. However, you can contact us by email for campus screening, raerandall_deguzman@yahoo.com . Thank you.

36. michelle anne halog - September 22, 2012

ayos ang movie..very inspring sya tlaga…


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