Best Performance of 2010: Carla Abellana (Shake, Rattle and Roll XII) January 5, 2011Posted by Richard Bolisay in Asian Films, MMFF, Noypi.
Coming from a franchise that produced some of the most spank-worthy characters ever to grace the silver screen, 2010’s best performance doesn’t look like it has anything to do with it. While it’s easy to credit Jerrold Tarog for crafting such a handsome fright piece—distancing his segment away from its two awful predecessors—Carla Abellana is just hard to miss. She avoids the wrong way of acting in horror movies, specifically, the Queen of Horror’s school of “monthly period” acting, with her penchant for overplaying and making the ugliest faces possible. Carla is by all means in control of her character in “Punerarya.” She looks stunning as a teacher. Every time her face lights up the screen, I couldn’t help but notice the remarkable nuances she delivers for the entire forty minutes. She shatters the damsel in distress stereotype and puts an end to all the too-stupid-to-live women borne out of the pea-sized brains of male writers. Even the way she carries her clothes—something that reminds me of Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love—deserves an essay on effective costume design. As the plot unfolds, she dances gracefully to the soft-pedalled music, which proves how wrong studio producers are in preempting the reactions of moviegoers through loud and tasteless noise. Never has she lost grip on making her character believable, on being a horrified clever lady, on looking calm and careful, on doing what seems to me is an endangered attack on the genre that has recently squatted some space in watered-down and offensively cheap comedies. One of her students, played by Nash Aguas, couldn’t have said it better: “Teacher Diane, ang bango bango mo naman!” Without any wasted moment and featuring a divine Odette Khan, “Punerarya” smells good too.