Today is the opening weekend of Harry Potter 7 - Part 2. Everyone in Manila are queueing up for the last Harry Potter movie. I chose a different movie to watch today. I made reservations a week ago to one Cinemalaya 2011's feature movie: "Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa". I confess that I watched the movie because it features not one but two men that I think are the most beautiful men in Philippine Showbizness today. That's why I was happy when apart from watching the movie - I was able to take pictures with both of them. Of course - after looking at my photo - I regret not getting the haircut that morning so I can be more presentable in the photos. Anywayz - bygones.
Watching the movie brought back memories of literature classes in high school and college. It brought back memories of me struggling in my freshman year at Ateneo - under Dr. Barrameda's English class. It also brought back memories of triumph in the Filipino lit classes. I guess I did understand and appreciate the written Filipino word than the written English word.
"Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa" is a lovely movie. I enjoyed watching it and not just because the two leading men were beautiful on screen. I was actually drawn into the story and the symbolism that each scene portrays. I find it refreshing to watch a movie where the theme is not in your face. As a viewer - you would have to pay attention to what the characters are saying. You have have to pay attention to each movement - to piece them all together. I must admit - the subtitles in English helped a bit in understanding the movie. If there are two things that I think this movie should be celebrated for - one is it's cinematography. The other one is the perfect use of language - in Filipino and in the English translation. I've seen Filipino movies before and only in this movie have I seen the English sub-titles so accurate. What is even more amazing is how it preserved the poetry that is conveyed in the Filipino words spoken by the actors.
|Paulo plays the role of Marlon. A rich student who enrolls into a dance class because of a crush for his teacher.|
|Rocco plays the role of Dennis. He was hired by Marlon as a dance tutor.|
Jean Garcia was a pleasure to watch. She reminds me of a lot of my teachers growing up. I remember as a child, I would wonder how some teachers ( the good ones ) were always a step ahead of you. Of course - as a grown up you discover why. As a teacher - you see the same behavior from each batch of kids you teach - over and over again.
|Blogger and Paulo Avelino|
As for the two leading men - I applaud them for taking a challenging role. Of course - it's not easy to take a role where you have to act like a classically trained dancer. You will have to feel comfortable under your own skin - and shed your worries of people questioning your sexuality. Paulo - playing the rich student who is infatuated with his teacher is well cast. At times - I wished he could have expressed a lot more emotion in the scenes. However - I think that if we are to think of his character as a spoiled rich kid --- then I guess it's ok for him to look bored in what he's doing. Rocco - on the other hand handled his role very well. As a dancer - I think he has a lot more grace than Paulo. As an actor - I can definitely feel the pain in his eyes during the scenes where he felt deeply hurt from the unrequited love.
Leaving the cinema - I told myself - I definitely want to watch the movie again. I felt that watching it once only allowed me to scratch the surface of the story and the characters. In my opinion - maybe after two or three times of watching it --- a lot more of its beauty will be revealed. However - even with one viewing - I do find that it's a lovely movie.
Cinemalaya runs through July 23 in Greenbelt 3 and CCP.