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A Reflection On The Film Barber's Tales

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A Reflection on Barber’s Tales

A movie set in the 70’s during the Marcos dictatorship, “Barber’s Tales” is truly one of the Filipino films that not just Filipinos, but other people as well, should see. Unlike most Filipino films that people know nowadays that comprise of love teams or special effects, this movie is able to capture the attention of its audiences through gaining knowledge of history and different issues that exist and are relevant to our society then and now. And Jun Robles Lana, director and writer of the film, is able to excellently do this with the addition of laughs and just the right amount of drama.

The film depicts two kinds of struggles experienced by the ...view middle of the document...

All these woman characters desired to have something that men at those times had: an identity. Living in a macho society, women were deemed low in the society; they were merely commodities for the consumption of men. It is only towards the end of the movie that this issue was resolved, when all the women joined together to help Marilou escape from her turmoil, and when she was finally able to have a name for herself.

In the society level, the thirst for identity and freedom was seen through the actions that Edmond and his colleagues went through. They were referred to as rebels, those who went against the government, for a sole purpose: to have their cries of identity, freedom, and justice be heard. Even at the start of the story, Edmond was seen reading a newspaper, questioning the things that the Marcos government was doing to his country. He desired change. And as most socially-involved teenagers did at those times, he decided to join different movements that aimed to destroy the struggle that their countrymen were experiencing, movements that likewise became the cause of their deaths. But this didn’t stop them from continuing their mission. At the very least, they could say that even at the moment of their death, they were fighting not just for their deserved freedom, but the identity that was also grabbed from their fellow countrymen by the government.

The film likewise revolved in the element of fear. The actions that people did were triggered not by their own desire, but by fear. It was mentioned early on that people in Marilou’s village distrusted her in terms of her barber duties because of her identity as a woman. It is only after Rosa, a...

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