Rizal- "Bayaning 3rd World"

Topics: José Rizal, Paciano Rizal, Philippines Pages: 5 (955 words) Published: May 2, 2015

Title of the Movie
Cast of Characters
Ricky Davao as Filmmaker # 1
Cris Villanueva as Filmmaker # 2
Joel Torre as Jose Rizal
Daria Ramirez as Teodora Alonzo – mother of Jose
Joonee Gamboa as Paciano – brother of Jose
Rio Locsin as Trinidad – sister of Jose
Cherry Pie Picache as Narcisa – sister of Jose
Lara Fabregas as Josephine Bracken – an Irish, the last
love of Rizal
Ed Rocha as Fr. Vicente Balaguer – the one who is responsible in the release of the Retraction Paper Bon Vivar as Fr. Jose Villaclara

Mike de leon
Rizals’ house in Calamba
Jose’s family doesn’t want Josephine Bracken to be his wife because they call her “kire” and also, she lacks intellectual capacity. Another conflict is when Josephine Bracken stands that she’s Jose Rizal’s wife so she’s worth it of Rizal’s works. The other conflict is if Josephine Bracken really loved Dr. Jose Rizal or she’s just a spy or bridge used by the Spanish priests for Rizal’s retraction. The heated argument between the two film makers because of the retraction issue. Climax:

Jose Rizal wanted to marry Josephine Bracken, his last lover, and the one he loved so much and the only way to marry her is to make a retraction paper since he was a member of Masonry. According to the film, a retraction paper was submitted even without Jose’s signature. It became the climax of the film because we all know Jose Rizal doesn’t believe in church’ system but he believes in God and according to the retraction paper, Jose is asking for apology because of what he did towards the Catholic Church during his life, through his works, writings and even how he thinks about the church. In the letter, it is also included that he abominates Masonry because it opposes what church teaches. According to the interview of the two film makers with Doña Lolay and Paciano, they believed that Rizal did not retract because it was inconsistent to what he believed in. They also said that Rizal went abroad (away from his family), wrote a lot of nationalistic poems, essays, and novels, joined several groups, sacrificed his love life many times and all for one main goal: to give justice and equality for the Filipinos, meaning he will not really retract. His sisters, Narcisa and Trinidad, on the other hand, gave ambiguous, inconclusive and inconsistent testimonies. It was not clear whether they believed that Rizal retracted or not. The last person they interviewed was Father Balaguer, the one who is responsible in releasing the said Retraction Paper and said that Jose gave himself back to Catholicism. After some time, since the two film makers were just creating images in their minds, they suddenly heard Narcisa and Trining and visualize that there was a lamp in front of the two and opened it. It contained a rolled paper which is said to be a poem made by Jose for his sisters. An image of Josephine Bracken entered the scene and claims that it’s for her and said that she was already married to Jose so meaning the poem inserted in the lamp was for her. Since Bracken became very uncontrolled. The film makers started to ask her questions like if she was molested by her stepfather which will give a question that if the baby is from really Rizals’. Because of the unanswerable questions, the two decided to ask Jose Rizal and just arrived in releasing of different emotions rather that a continuation of their said “investigation”. They just saw a smoking Rizal and said that they still don’t know him. Resolution:

Because they don’t get the answers that they need through their very creative imagination, the nearing end just showed the two film makers standing in front of Rizal’s monument and contemplating on the dilemma if they will still continue to do the film or not. The movie just ended by the film makers’ line “Mahirap basagin yan! ”. Striking Lines:

“…ang paghahangad ng karunugan ay halos isang krimen” Donya...
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