Perhaps people must always separate to be happy together.
The strength of the film is in its awareness of what the genre calls for. The action sequences, esp the fight scenes, are coherent and well-orchestrated. These are the film's highlights, what breathes and gives pulsating life to it. And Direk Pedring makes sure that the audience focus is on these scenes, wch is complemented by expert camerawork. Here, the tracking shots are not mere show-offs, they emphasize the life-and-death severity of the moment. Christine Reyes' physicality is captivating to look at.
From a slew of Pinoy rom-coms in recent memory, it's definitely a breath of fresh air. The film is an ode to stories, and the power of storytelling, as Villamor takes the story of Maya to different places - from the pamahiin and kwentong-bayan of her childhood to real-world heartbreaks. Though I feel that the ending could have been more refined and less rushed, there's an undeniable feeling of satisfaction in that final freeze frame. Villamor and Daza captures Nadine…