By Patrice Sia
It’s been a long time I have not seen a Pinoy mainstream movie because as we all know (and complain about) its most of the time trivial and predictable.
The last movie I saw on the big screen was what they call now an Indie (Independent) film by film-maker Lav Diaz reportedly from Maguindanao.
The movie was “Ang Babaeng Humayo” which was quite good because it was realistically disturbing and narrates a big part of Pinoy society.
So when a friend dragged me to “Seven Sundays” I thought it would be another predictable commercial Pinoy movie. I didn’t even have time to know who the actors and the film-makers behind it I ended up praying please Lord no Vice Ganda or Vic Sotto slapstick kind because I find it below average.
But “Seven Sundays” turned out to be a good movie with a male’s heart. It paints the portraits of Pinoy men in refreshing and humane way. It is totally engaging.
Though in a way commercial (or mainstream if you will) but it tackles Pinoy male sentiments on family values, pre and post OFW era. In the end it’s a movie that is worth your time. I have never seen for a long time one like this, its ordinariness makes it extra-ordinary in a sense.
This is a movie Pinoy gentlemen should see so that they can gamely check themselves what “category” they belong. Sadly, the audience was mostly women. Here, we see male actors always in the brink of shedding a tear or two and that is pleasantly touching and humanizing even.
I love the scenes where father and son, the two brothers lovingly confronted each other. Also, when the old man and his eldest son have a heart-to-heart talk on the piano table.
“Seven Sundays” comes out entertaining and sensible. Throw a little predictability but that is okay. Here’s hoping the males siblings will see it.
Editor’s note: The author is a retired humanities teacher.