2018

Meet me in St. Gallen

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FILM INFO

Meet me in St. Gallen is a story of Celeste and Jesse who have found each other during the trying times of their lives. They spent a memorable night together and became separated for how many years. Their second chance of meeting again became special until they met each other at St. Gallen years after. This movie is directed by Emma Villamor under Spring Films and Viva Films.

Casts: Bella Padilla, Carlo Aquino

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Meet me in St. Gallen is a good addition to the quality conversational Pinoy films ever made since “That Thing Called Tadhana’. I really loved that Filipino Film-makers are now taking risks with this kind of genre which usually brings out a well-produced and creative cinematic masterpieces to date. Overall, I fell in love with the movie. What I like about the movie is that its simplicity in terms of story-telling technique and overall plot material is supported with superb cinematography, great dialogues and a story that is deep, raw and very heartfelt. First of all, the plot is pretty much understandable. Its a story of two strangers met at a very random moment and eventually shared a nigh they won’t remember. As a whole, it is a story of chance encounters, timing and missed opportunities. I really like how the Director laid out the sincerity of the plot with the timelines presented in the movie. I would also like to commend the film’s Cinematography and sound engineering. The whole movie was done with artistry especially on the camera angles and shadows. The best part was of course the shot at St. Gallen which is by far my most memorable scene in the film. The whole backdrop was majestic and impressive. Of course, I also loved the Soundtrack especially the one with Moira’s. Since its a conversational film, the film usually invests on dialogues which the film did not disappoint from beginning to end. I was literally driven into a whole new kind of emotions listening to the words that come out from Jesse and Celeste. They were speaking on behalf of their souls and experiences. It was heartfelt and moving. The lines are relatable and engaging to the whole audience. Without spoiling the ending, I think the whole sequences were just right to give way to the climax. Despite three separate timelines, the movie never failed to create connections from one scene to another. Moreover, I also commend Bella and Carlo for such a strong chemistry together. Carlo being a musician and an aspiring Doctor was just so ideal for me. Carlo still has the charisma and the quality of acting that is worth your cinema ticket. Bella on the other hand never fails to impress me with her portrayal of a troubled artist wanting to be free of her own world. Bella was both charming and convincing for her role. Both of them both delivered their best performances and their connection with each other is undeniably strong.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Meet me in St. Gallen falls short in providing cohesive attachment for each scenes especially in the character developments of Jesse and Celeste. I think their was not much of the intensity given and invested on how the values and choices of the characters affected their confusing decision at each timelines they will meet again. Also, the climax will somehow let you question if what is the film trying to say to us? Well, it might be different with yours. Despite this forgivable flaw, you should go and see Meet Me in St. Gallen.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Kita Kita (2017)

 

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FILM INFO

Kita Kita is a unique love story of Two Filipinos living in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The story begins with Lea who suffered temporary blindness. She then met Tonyo who happens to live right across Lea’s house. Aside from finding a “kababayan” in the quiet neighborhood, Lea and Tonyo gradually became closer and realize that there is a genuine connection between the two of them. This movie is directed by Singrid Andrea Bernardo under Spring Films.

Casts: Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy Marquez,

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Previous Movies of Alessandra de Rossi: Sakaling Hindi Makarating

Previous Movies of Empoy Marquez: Bloody Crayons

WHAT I LIKE?

Probably one of the best Pinoy Romantic Comedy Film ever made. Kita Kita is definitely a masterpiece. The movie is genuine, light-hearted, subtle and very emotionally-compelling. I have never watched a film full of heart, laughters and emotions from a very unusual but effective chemistry of the main characters. What I like about Kita Kita is its simple tone and story-telling formula. I love how the scenes started off so simple yet striking. I like how the Director sprinkle some on-point and simple interpretation of the whole film’s romantic formula. I really love how a simple storyline could have a genuine impact from a viewer’s point of view. Aside from a very creative approach in presenting Leah and Tonyo’s lovestory down to an emotional turnaround that will redefine how we perceive about love, the movie was brilliant enough to showcase two sides of the story. Moreover, the comedy is on its perfect timing. Conversations were simple but very engrossing at times. Kita Kita will make you laugh, cry and even fall in love. Alessandra and Empoy’s chemistry from being a romantic and comedic duo were just a beautiful sight. They were both great and I am amazed of their strong connection in the film. Aside from a simple yet striking plot, the movie is shot beautifully in the beautiful Sapporo Japan. The place is just so perfect for the film’s tone. What more I can say? I fell in love with Kita Kita. Worth-watching and highly recommended.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

There is nothing to hate about this amazing film.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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