FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2017 SCORECARD

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Best Picture

1. CHANGING PARTNERS (Dan Villegas) – ★★★★★

2. PAKI (Giancarlo Abrahan) – ★★★★☆
3. HAUNTED: A LAST VISIT TO THE RED HOUSE (Phyllis Grande) – ★★★★☆

4. SI CHEDENG AT SI APPLE (Fatrick Tabada, Rae Red) – ★★★☆☆

5. NERVOUS TRANSLATION (Shireen Seno) – ★★☆☆☆
6. THROWBACK TODAY (Joseph Teoxon) – ★★☆☆☆
7. NAY (Kip Oebanda) – ★★☆☆☆

8. HISTORIOGRAPHIKA ERRATA (Richard Somes) – ★☆☆☆☆
9. BUNDOK BANAHAW, SACRED AND PROFANE (Dempster Samarista) – ★☆☆☆☆

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. JOJIT LORENZO (Changing Partners)
2. CARLO AQUINO (Throwback Today)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1. DEXTER DORIA (Paki)
2. ELIZABETH OROPESA (Si Chedeng at si Apple)
3. AGOT ISIDRO (Changing Partners)
4. GLORIA DIAZ (Si Chedeng at si Apple)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. NOEL TRINIDAD (Paki)
2. SANDINO MARTIN (Changing Partners)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. SHAMAINE BUENCAMINO (Paki)
2. ANNA LUNA (Changing Partners)
3. EULA VALDEZ (Paki)
4. SYLVIA SANCHEZ (Nay)

MOVIE REVIEW: CHANGING PARTNERS (Dan Villegas, 2017)

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Minahal ko ang pelikulang ito hanggang sa kinaya ng puso ko. It was a clear testament to the enormous talents on display in front of and behind the camera on just how perfectly everything worked. I didn’t see the original stage version and I am now more than curious to know how they were able to pull that one off.

It would have been so easy to get confused with the film’s multiple relationship permutations and constant character and gender switches, but the seamless transitions and excellent performances (Agot Isidro! Jojit Lorenzo!!) clearly helped a lot. Plus all that glorious singing. Totoo nga na mas dama mo kapag kinakanta ang feelings and emotions haha!

With a clear view on issues dealing with age gap differences, who wears the pants in the relationship, gut feel vs jealousy, etc., it was able to transcend the traditional hugot formula. Every sumbat that was thrown to the other partner felt raw and real and completely stung. I had been these characters and it was hard for me to hold back the tears. Never been this emotionally crushed. Never. Absolute.

Rating: ★★★★★