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International Title: Shadows of the Past
Year: 2013
Runtime: 97 minutes
Language: Filipino with English Subtitle
Genre: Drama

Synopsis:
The film opens with Ed saying goodbye to his family. He’s going abroad to work as a caregiver taking the place of Irene, his wife. He leaves his seven-year old son, Brian, under the care of his mother, Flor, and younger brother, Carlo, who live with Irene and Brian.
The film explores the varying degrees, forms and issues of surveillance which are at the heart
of the relationship and conflict of a schizophrenia patient and caregiver especially during the treatment phase. Irene will first experience an episode after the local neighborhood association encourages everyone’s vigilance when a household was burglarized at night. She will feel vulnerable without having Ed by her side. She imagines their house being monitored by the military, especially at night. She will see cars parked outside their house. She will see shadows of undercover operatives lurking about.
Irene experienced his mom caring for rebels and leftists being pursued by the military during martial law. Irene’s schizophrenia will resurrect her experiences during martial law in bits and pieces. It will color her psychotic breaks. Upon realizing the extent of his wife’s condition, Ed realizes that he has to go back home. But Irene does not appreciate Ed trying to police her every move. She does not appreciate the imposition of routine due to her treatment. She associates her treatment with military surveillance during the martial law period.
At first, the pill became Irene’s method of medication. But since she can easily get away with not drinking the pill, her psychiatrist had to administer her treatment through injections. Irene consented when she imperiled her son, Brian’s life. The film ends with Ed and Irene joining a support group professing their love for each other.

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Cast & Crew

CAST:
AGOT ISIDRO – Irene
TJ TRINIDAD – Ed
CARLO CRUZ – Carlo
CARL ALEXANDER ACOSTA – Brian
UPENG GALANG FERNANDEZ – Flor
JAY GONZAGA – Francis
KU AQUINO – Ed’s Father
SHENG BELMONTE – Irene’s Mom
PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director ALVIN B. YAPAN
Executive Producers ALEMBERG M. ANG
Screenplay ALVIN B. YAPAN
Production Designers WHAMMY ALCAZAREN
Film Editor CHUCK GUTIERREZ
Director of Cinematography DEXTER DELA PENA
Sound ANDREW MILALLOS
Music DENISE SANTOS

 

Awards

- Special Jury Prize and Best Actress, Metro Manila Film Festival, New Wave category 2013, Manila, Philippines
- Best in Diversity, James Burke Global Marketing Awards, 2014

 

Gallery

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