Kaleldo (2006)

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Kaleldo (2006)

Kaleldo (2006)

  • R
  • 2006
  • 95mins
SubtitlesEnglishStarringJuliana PalermoCherie Pie PicacheAngel AquinoDirectorBrilliante MendozaKaleldo gives the viewer a glimpse of the nature of life. The film tells the story of a motherless family a decade after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo inundated the town of Guagua in Pampanga with lagar-a clear singular display of the force of nature. Mang Rudy, the widowed woodcarver, wields an iron hand over his three daughters: the fun-loving but rebellious Grace, the youngest, who goes through the throes of adjusting to married life; the feisty and headstrong Lourdes, the middle daughter, who succumbs to an extra-marital affair; and the subservient and discriminated on eldest, Jess, a lesbian who brings home her girlfriend to take care of the father after he succumbs to a heart attack. The story unfolds in a series of events ( a wedding,a santacruzan, a parade, the annihilation of the summer cogon by fire, a death) that marks the beginning (early summer-"Kaleldo"), the middle (midsummer-"Maleldo") and the end (late summer-"Kauran") of summer. This confirms the film's statement that life, like the various turn of events that govern the characters' lives, is as changeable and volatile as the seasons.