We were supposed to cancel movie date night because the weather was terrible in the morning thanks to #SalomePH. Good thing it turned better in the afternoon, but little did we know we were about to watch another storm.
The movie 12, in a nutshell, was 90 minutes’ worth of conversation on how love can make you lose yourself.
That the circumstances and insights are realistic and honest is a given. It gives you that glimpse of how a seemingly perfect relationship of maybe someone you know can suddenly take a dreaded detour, crumble, and shatter. That is thanks to screenplay by the talented Alessandra de Rossi who has been on a roll lately. (Speaking of, you’d get a glimpse of Tonyo just saying, yeah I spoiled that!)
Speaking of screenplay, the film was all about dialogue, literally and figuratively. For 90 minutes there, you become a friend eavesdropping in a conversation between your friend and her boyfriend. And maybe, you would get a feel of wanting to cry with them, comfort them with a hug, or actually hit them with something because you can’t stand the situation.
Also, it was about talking – an activity that many relationships tend to forgo or forget. At some point, Erika (played by Alessandra) said, “Yung iniyak ko nung seven years iniyak ko ngayong buong araw.” I guess that is the biggest insight one could take from the movie – talk to your loved one, and I mean communicate, discuss, debate, argue, confide, fight – there are so many ways you could say it – talk so that the other person knows what you really think, what you really want, and what you really are.
While Alessandra sashayed the role of Erika effortlessly, something could be said for Ivan Padilla who played Anton. Nitpicking here, but his Tagalog can be quite distracting. But there is a weird sense of comedy in that too, like becoming the punchline itself. Also, why so galit kuya? Or maybe, he was the foil intentionally placed there to stand against Alex’s thespian.
Leaving the cinema, you might have to ask, ‘Yun nay un?’ and yes, that’s already it. They just gave you what they wanted to talk about. Some things you need to find for yourself, the same way you must find yourself.
P.S. I need that song right now.