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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

entry arrow2:34 AM | All is Silence in Love and Longing

Mexican director Julián Hernández’s El Cieldo Dividido [Broken Sky, 2006] has got to be one of the most emotionally painful films I have ever seen. It examines love and brokenness with a surfeit of visual detail but great minimalism in terms of dialogue (which is virtually nonexistent in this almost silent film — the dialogue here is all about body language: hands, lips, eyes, the thousand ways we register the rawness of feeling on the canvas of our bodies and faces). It delves into the arc of meeting, loving, separating, and remembering, as well as its attendant obsessions, lies, recriminations, validation, and all-too-foolish hopes. It reminds me, to be honest, about me. It dawned on me that I was wishing and rooting for Gerardo the strength of logic and self-preservation in his losing battle for the affections of an alienated Jonas — but knew that, in my own circumstances, I’d also be doing the same unthinking overtures again and again and again. What utter fools we all are. You and me and everybody else.

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