Cinemalaya 2012 Review: Jose Javier Reyes' Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets)

Tragedy is the inspiration for Jose Javier Reyes' Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets). A death of a dear friend, whose wake and eulogy revealed to Reyes certain circumstances in their friendship he may have overlooked, would urge Reyes to craft a story out of newly discovered questions and insecurities pertaining to long-term platonic relationships. The most interesting thing about Reyes' story is that it is more reliant on witty humor than weepy dramatics, suggesting that Reyes is more fascinated in the comedic urges of social humans than he is with teary narrative contrivances. That suggestion, as it turns out, never ripens into reality. The plot is driven primarily by the estrogen-powered histrionics of a bunch of middle-class friends who've gone through a lot...
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