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Keys To The Heart (2023)

𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦

Directed by: Kerwin Go

Two brothers and their bond

serve as keys to their mother’s heart.

The eldest brother is a boxer. It would be good to know more about that sport through his perspective but he didn’t share much about it. He has other work but no details about it either.

The younger brother is autistic. They keep mentioning it in the film and that’s the end of it. Autism doesn’t get the awareness it truly needs. No mentions of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, therapy, and other information that could have been helpful for the viewers to know.

Him being a Pianist is impressive, but his journey on how to overcome the challenges related to it is missing. There are no scenes showing him preparing for the competition even though someone said there’s going to be one.

There are some upsetting scenarios. The autistic brother can easily go or ‘teleport’ from one place to another—even if the proximity is not defined. Using power for personal gain is presented but not corrected. Bullying is not only encouraged but also being laughed at. Social media is handled with less care.

A few of the cast members did well.

Hindi mo makikita si Elijah Canlas sa pelikulang ito. Si Jayjay ang makikilala mo. Unang eksena pa lang niya, makukuha ka na agad. Nabigyan niya ng hustiya ang kanyang karakter hanggang sa dulo.

Zanjoe Marudo gave an average performance. Dolly de Leon is underutilized. Michelle Dee is showing no emotions for a character that has a lot of burden.

The connection among the characters is weak. Each of them has deep wounds but their healing happened too fast. The relationship between the two brothers is superficial. The relationship between the mother and her oldest son is transactional, making it hard to empathize with their situation.

The movie can change its title to anything and we won’t even notice it because it’s not remarkable. But since it’s an adaptation, we are stuck with this material that wasn’t translated well into a Philippine setting.

This movie is not the key

to open Filipinos’ hearts.



Cast: Elijah Canlas, Zanjoe Marudo, Dolly de Leon

Presented by: Reality MM Studios, Creative Group 8, Viva Films

Date Released: October 4, 2023 via Netflix

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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