Les Queridas.

Sep 16, 2012 by

Stories about mistresses are not uncommon. At least once in our lives we get to know someone who is a mistress or querida. We also know of a wife whose husband has a querida. It’s too common

we need a movie like The Mistress to be interested in querida stories again. It is one of those rare times that Star Cinema gambles on a film that is not completely commercial. Well, John Lloyd and Bea are very commercial but the storytelling and the mix of ensemble gives one a feeling that the production is serious about this particular work. To my delight. The Mistress is directed by the indefatigable Olivia Lamasan whose skills in filmmaking never fail to satisfy a drama-hungry country like the Philippines. But Lamasan does it so subtly that a more critical bunch of audience (me being one of them), despite the cheesiness of prolonged dramatic confrontations, do not feel harassed. The movie’s plot is an intricate web of displaced relationships. A young woman Ari (played by Bea Alonzo) is a mistress to a very wealthy businessman Enrico Torres (played by Ronaldo Valdez) for five years. Ari meets JD (John Lloyd Cruz) in a bookstore and instantly sparks a hormonal connection. The moment they lock eyes with one another, you know it’s really just about boinking each other. But alas – there is more to it. JD pursues Ari, only to find out that she is the other woman of his own father. The rest of the film must unfold before your eyes, so go to the movies and pick out which character you are in the highly complicated lives of JD and Ari. What I like about the movie is its relative silence. It does not bellow some nasty scoring each time an extreme close up of John Lloyd or Bea is flashed onscreen. It allows you to listen to your own thoughts and the actors were not rushed to build-up their emotions. As audience, you build-up your emotions with them together and it is not exhausting. The dialogues are natural. They say things we actually say in real life. The actors are spectacularly wonderful. Hilda Coronel is perhaps next to Nora Aunor in terms of greatness. Her subtlety and precision with her subtexts are delivered with ease and it’s such a delight to see her conquer highly dramatic moments. I wish they can make a movie with her as a lead soon. Of course, Bea and John Lloyd deliver their goods very well. They’re one pair I actually like looking on the big screen despite the extreme close ups and prolonged breakdown scenes. They have a natural rapport that makes you forget all their controversies because they are giving life to the characters they play. Worthy of mention is the little boy who played a comic relief in the movie, Clarence Delgado. He is wonderfully adorable and he did a great performance for this movie. And since the movie’s cast are mostly veterans, we cannot say anything more because they gave excellent performances: Ronaldo Valdez, Anita Linda, Carmi Martin and Tony Mabesa. I’m also surprised to see Al Gatmaitan (an opera singer and theater performer) in the movie, although I was hoping he’d have longer exposures too. But great job, nevertheless. It’s a rainy weekend, so bring your jacket when going to the movies. It’s a nice treat of the week. The Mistress. mistress1 - myiloilo mistress2 - myiloilo

5 Comments

  1. I so agree that the movie allows you to listen to your own thoughts. While watching, I mentioned to my friend that there are no background songs so the people are not commanded on what they should feel about the scene.

    Hilda Koronel’s hands, however, distract me most of the time. :/

    Nevertheless, it’s one movie that’s definitely worth watching! :)

  2. Ramir JM

    Just a negligible correction, Bea Alonzo’s character is named Sari (Rosario Alfonzo).

    It’s a movie worth watching, indeed. One of Star Cinema’s best.

  3. I totally agree with your thoughts about Hilda Koronel’s skill as an actress. But I don’t think she ranks next to Nora. She stands at par with Nora, in fact, although it’s sad that of three greatest actresses (she, Nora, and Vilma), Hilda is the most underrated, given that she only won one Famas in her entire career, and that was even for a supporting role. Anyways, I always love Hilda more than Sharon. And that won’t change. ;-)

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