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Love and Pain in between Refrains

(Cinemalaya 2021 Premieres)

Directed by: Joselito Altajeros

A newlywed couple is facing problems that would test the strength of their relationship.

Will they embody their vow

𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘋𝘰 𝘜𝘴 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵 ?

Walang kabuhay-buhay ang atakeng ginawa para sa pelikulang ito. Ang tamlay ng mga eksena at ng mga usapan.

Nakakapagod. Nakakapanghina.

The scenes are dragging. But with its bland treatment, this film effectively described how exhausting their relationship is.

Kahit saang anggulo mo tingnan, babalik at babalik sila sa simula.

Paikot-ikot. Pauulit-ulit.

Having a nonlinear flow of events, this film was able to show a cycle where there’s no definite beginning and ending. It just keeps happening.

They succeeded in creating a timeloop of events, wherein the characters are stuck with it.

So when the ending appears, it created a moment of relief. The message was clear at the end which is also their beginning.

But how good is a message when you cannot feel the people behind it?

This film puts more work on its technique than its characters.

The characters are left with less story to tell and less emotions to share. There’s no room for them to describe their love. That’s why there’s no impact when they are in pain.

Even with their execution, they don’t seem to care how the words are conveyed. The audio dubbing sounded like murmurs, which can be disorienting especially when the actors are highly emotional.

The actors are fairly good, but they were not given enough opportunity to portray their role.

Parang pinaiyak lang sila sa mga eksena dahil kailangan. Pati yung pagiging singer nila sa pelikulang ito ay hindi masyadong nagamit.

With a little empathy for the characters, this film lost its chance to make its message stronger.

The film’s treatment may have shown the refrains in relationships. But not the love and not the pain.



Cast: Oliver Aquino, Elora Españo

Presented by: 2525m Productions

Date Released: August 22, 2021 via (Cinemalaya runs from August 6 to September 5, 2021)

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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