Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang
Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (You Were Weighed But Found Wanting) is a dramatic film that enjoyed both commercial and critical success. It was released in 1974 but until now remains as a great gem in the Philippine Cinema. Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang is a movie about marginal people in the society and how they are easily judged. They are found not able to live up to the standards of society that's why people alienate them. It is directed by Lino Brocka and is written by Mario O'Hara and is considered as one of the 70's key films.
Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang is a film about a small town boy named Junior (Christopher De Leon) as he struggles with his teenage life. He is the only child in a wealthy family, his girlfriend Evangeline (Hilda Koronel) is the prettiest girl in school and he has good set of friends. The story starts to materialize when Junior finds faults in his seemingly perfect life --his father, Cesar (Eddie Garcia) is a womanizer and his materialistic mother Carolina, often argue with each other. His girlfriend is forced to marry his friend Nitoy after they found out that Evangeline carries his child in her womb and further sees the hypocrisies of his townspeople: the women church devotees of his town are a bunch of gossiping fiends.
As he starts to realize his town's faults, he finds acceptance and belonging in the marginal people of his town; the town leper Berto and the town idiot Koala. Despite their appearance and condition, Junior finds himself more attached to the two whom he finds better people than the ones in his town. As Junior becomes closer to the two, his father warns him to stay away from Koala. Junior discovers later on that his father is the man whom Koala loved before she became deranged after she aborted her child.
The drama starts to happen when the women of the town found out that Koala bears the child of Berto, feeling they must intervene. Berto, despite his strong affection for Koala, chooses to submit to the orders of the people more prominent in his town, to stay away from Koala.
The movie ends with both Koala and Berto dead before the eyes of the whole town.
The movie is based from a lot of many things. First, the title is from the biblical verse Daniel 5:27 which quotes, "Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting." The movie is a modern take on the Jose Rizal novel, Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) that also talks about social injustice from the point of view of a young lad, Ibarra and takes the life of Junior in the film. Koala is also the film's equivalent to the novel's Sisa, the deranged woman of the town. But the movie can also be related to Lino Brocka's life in the character of both Junior and Milagros, the woman who seduces Junior which only lefts him with questions about carnality. Junior in his thirst for something different and Milagros for like the character in the story, they both share the sentiments of being a love child of a politician.
|Lilia Dizon||Mrs. Carolina Blanco|
|Eddie Garcia||Mr. Cesar Blanco|
|Mario O'Hara||Bertong Ketong|
|Hilda Koronel||Evangeline Ortega|
|Christopher De Leon||Junior|
|Lorli Villanueva||Mrs. Sy|
|Joonee Gamboa||Eddie's father|
|Ernie Zarate||Dr. Ambrosio Ortega|
|Orlando Nadres||(as Orlando R. Nadres)|
|The Peta Kalinangan Ensemble|
|Dante Balawis||(as Dante Balois)|
|Minda D. Azarcon||(as Minda Azarcon)|
|Chito Ponce Enrile||Domeng|
|Lily Gamboa Mendoza|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Actor||Christopher De Leon|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Actress||Lolita Rodriguez|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Director||Lino Brocka|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Musical Score||Lutgardo Labad|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Picture||Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Theme Song||Emmanuel Lacaba for Awit ni Koala|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Mario O'Hara (nominee)|
|1975||FAMAS Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Laurice Guillen (nominee)|
- Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang
- Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang at kababayancentral.com
- An End-of-the-Millennium List: Thirteen Important Filipino Films
- "Tinimbang" judged today by Noel Vera