STORY: Finally, Pinoy Cinema!

Oh my! I have forgotten about my promise to blog about The Mistress! Well, I have a bunch of other experiences on the line up to blog about but I guess this was a promise I made to myself and I should honor it. 

The Mistress is the latest John Lloyd-Bea film to come out and though it falls under the same league of Sarah Geronimo, Kim Chiu or Toni Gonzaga romantic-comedy-drama films, this film definitely isn't your typical Pinoy film (although there were still some hints of it, like the unnecessary comedienne sidekicks/best friend and "oooh-burn" lines exchanged out of nowhere)

 Anyway, what made me like the film versus the others of its kind was that it didn't treat characters as black and white. There was no perfect lead and there was no evil antagonist. Everyone had their flaws and everyone had their strengths. You can not fully hate on any one of the characters because the film showed the audience where they were coming from. You become emphatic towards each of the characters and you become intrigued at how the story will play out for them. 

In typical Pinoy films, it's so easy to wish for the wife to get the husband back and for the mistress to burned in the plaza alive, but that's not the case in the film, which is perfect because that is how it is in real life. The film treated the sensitive topic of mistresses and infidelity very real, where it is very hard to condemn people just based on one part of their life. In real life, we know these people. We've known mistresses and wives, we've known cheaters and those cheated on, and  we do not tell them they will go to hell or that they should be burned alive. We know that they are also mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and colleagues. Typical Pinoy films frame these people as one dimensional. Mistresses are evil people who just want to ruin families and that cheaters are  discontented liars. Films cancel out any other good thing they've done and makes it very easy for us to tell them that they should go to hell. But people make mistakes, and though we do not encourage people to commit these mistakes, pointing fingers and raising your eyebrows at them doesn't make anyone a better person and it won't help them get out of their situation. The film makes you look at the subject like you would in real life... without a clear understanding of who to consider good or evil.

I also loved how the film ended. The ending was the best part of the movie, not because I agreed with it or anything, but because it finally put an end to the notion that all Pinoy films have to end with an in your face happy ending. Stories don't always end the way we want it to but those are stories all the same and those are stories that need to be told, too. I'm just really happy that people are starting to tell these stories and that people are actually willing to listen! Imagine, this film is mainstream and it earned big bucks! For something as daring as this that may push some people out of their comfort zones, it did very well! I just hope the mainstream film industry doesn't ruin the feat but overkilling the concept. The Mistress was already a slight overdose of infidelity movie after No Other Woman, so I think releasing another one, and this soon, in the form of the new Anne-Derek-Andi film, A Secret Affair is pushing the limits too far. People will get sick of the topic and it won't be as daring as it is formulaic... which is where we began. Please, film people, you've stepped out of the formula, don't create a new one.

All photos from PEP.

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