Review of MMFF 2023: "Gomburza"

By Robert J. Matthews

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GOMBURZA stands for three priests executed by Spain in 1872 – Fr. Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora.

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The film delves into the priests' fight and how their deaths inspired Jose Rizal, avoiding elaborate plots and sticking to historical events.

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The priests' arrests seemed random, paralleling the confusion in the movie and making it relatable to the audience.

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More insight into Fr. Burgos’s life before becoming a priest was desired. The film notes his achievements at a young age.

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Fr. Zamora’s character avoids romanticization, portrayed unexpectedly by Enchong Dee, showing an unheroic side leading to his execution.

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Piolo Pascual plays a vital role in the fight of secular priests, revealing an unexpected and unheroic end for added depth.

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Meticulous attention and a generous budget ensure realistic production design and costumes, capturing the historical essence.

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Spanish descent actors play Spaniard friars and politicians, contributing to the film's authenticity.

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