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Philippines / Japan 2021
produced by
Jun Lana (executive), Perci M. Intalan (executive), Ryo Ebe (executive), Micah Tadena (executive), Justin Deimen (executive), Kazuaki Arima (executive), Ko Kitagawa (executive), Nao Kawashima (executive), Junpei Kawakami (executive), Shigeyuki Komatsu (executive), Rie Hiraka (executive), Jen Enojo-Mauricio (supervising) for The IdeaFirst Company, Octobertrain Films, 108Japan, Aeon Entertainment, Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures
directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal
starring Kokoy De Santos, Elijah Canlas, Adrianna So, Kyle Velino, Miggy Jimenez, Kych Minemoto, Susan Africa, Angie Castrence
screenplay by Ash Malanum, created by Jun Lana, music by Emerzon Texon

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's the early days of the pandemic, with the Philippines going under strict lockdown - which doesn't phase young Gavreel (Kokoy De Santos) and Cairo (Elijah Canlas) too much as they are madly in love with each other, are living together, and enjoy very much to find out more and more about one another. Sure, they haven't had sex yet, but they feel they have all the time in the world to wait for the right moment. And they're using the nice big place they're living at for all the best purposes, like taking in two ex-lovers (Kyle Velino, Miggy Jimenez) who soon enough fall in love again, letting afriend (Adrianna So) stage her fundraiser, and helping another friend (Kych Minemoto) over his heartbreak. But then Gavreel's Aunt Susan (Angie Castrence) stops by, and suddenly the normally open Gavreel tries to hide their relationship, much to the dismay of Cairo, who has once upon a time come out as homosexual for Gavreel's sake. But what hits even harder is that Gavreel finds out his favourite aunt (Susan Africa), who lives in New York City, is suffering from cancer and could do with his care. He feels obliged to of course, but then again New York isn't exactly round the corner from the Philippines ...


A very nice slice-of-life romance that tells its story in a properly unexcited way and light-footedly blends comedy with drama - which really makes the film feel so real. And a suitably subtle direction and a down-to-earth natural cast sure help making this a very engaging and in its unpretentious way also very touching movie that's well worth a look even if "young love" stories are not your thing.


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