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Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017)

A serial killer in Payatas leaves the bodies of young boys in the dump as two Jesuit priests try to solve the murders.


Raya Martin


F.H. Batacan (novel), Raymond Lee (as Moira Lang) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Humphries ... Joanna Bonifacio (as Carla Humphries)
Nonie Buencamino ... Father Augusto Saenz, SJ
Sid Lucero ... Father Jerome Lucero, SJ
Gladys Reyes ... Hon. Tess Mariano
Raffy Tejada Raffy Tejada ... Atty. Benjamin Arcinas
Jess Mendoza ... Father Emil
Bembol Roco ... NBI Director Francisco Lastimosa
TJ Trinidad ... Deputy Jake Valdez
Christopher De Leon ... NBI Deputy Director Phillip Mapa
Erlinda Villalobos ... Lolita Bansuy
Tessie Tomas ... Gilda Salceda
Cholo Barretto ... Emong Ricafrente
Ricky Davao ... Cardinal Rafael Meneses
Alex Vincent Medina ... Carding
Madeleine Nicolas ... Dr. Alice Panganiban


A serial killer in Payatas leaves the bodies of young boys in the dump as two Jesuit priests try to solve the murders.

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6 December 2017 (Philippines) See more »

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The trailer for the film has been released as early as 2016, constantly being played in Philippine theaters. It finally received its theatrical release after more than a year. See more »

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13 December 2017 | by reybenipayoSee all my reviews

Smaller and Smaller Circles is a movie adaptation of the book by FH Batacan of the same name. It's a crime drama set in1997. It is about a mysterious serial killer at Payatas Dumping Site who kidnap and kill children it's up to Father Gus and Father Lucero to solve the crime.

I've never read the book so I am going to focus on a film. The film is dark and eerie and surprisingly terrifying. The moment the film started, it is the moment we were introduce to a mysterious crime and when they are finally knew who is behind the killings, it intensifies. The film is never dull from start to finish! It's on detective story than a action movie. The performance of the cast are brilliant! Nonnie Buencamino and Sid Lucero are perfect as the detective priest. Carla Humphrey is a revelation here! Director Raya Martin treatment is at best! Before I forget, the musical score is haunting.

As a whole, Smaller and Smaller Circles is one the best Filipino Detective story I've ever seen! I recommend you should see this film and enjoy the ride.

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