People Have the Power: Resistance in Filipino Cinema

Honor Thy Father

Erik MattiPhilippines115 minutes201514AColourFilipino Kankana-ey

Oct 28
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Director Erik Matti has consistently used genre frameworks to address his country's complex social issues (see his hitman thriller On the Job, also screening in this series), and Honor Thy Father employs elements of the kidnap thriller and the heist movie to explore upper-class hypocrisy and the role of fundamentalist Christianity in the modern Philippines. Yuppie couple Kaye (Meryll Sorinao) and Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz, the Philippines' most popular star) have their comfortable suburban existence shattered when the investment scheme that Kaye foisted on her monied fellow parishioners on behalf of her father is exposed as a fraud. With angry creditors closing in and even making threats against the couple's young daughter, Edgar — who hails from a much rougher background than his poshly pious spouse — enlists the aid of his criminally inclined family to obtain the cash from an ironically appropriate source. "A muscularly indignant thriller" (The Hollywood Reporter).

ChristianityMigration + DiasporaPovertyUrban LifeCrime