One More Chance: A Filipino All-time Favorite Film

 

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After One More Chance was shown in the movie theaters way back in 2007, it created a character-hangover that everyone who watched it wants to be the main character of the film – Popoy & Basha.

Aside from having two of the biggest stars in the contemporary Philippine Cinema, John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo, movie goers especially teenagers can completely relate to the plot of the story.

One More Chance portrayed a story of Popoy (John Lloyd) and Basha (Bea) wherein they needed a space in their relationship to find themselves for a while. Popoy is an engineer while Basha is an architect. Basha was the one who first asked to have a ‘cool-off’ in their relationship because she felt like Popoy is being so overprotective to her, depriving her of her freedom as a person. It had been a hard process for Popoy to accept the reality that Basha wanted space. He drowns himself every night & cries every time he remembers and imagines his memories with Basha. Until such time that Popoy wa able to retrieve himself and he met Trisha (Maja Salvador) and they started dating each other until finally, Trisha became Popoy’s new girlfriend. Popoy and Basha met each other because they need to design the house of Popoy’s aunt. It was a promise that Popoy and Basha made to Popoy’s aunt when they were still together, that they will design her house. Seeing Popoy strong again after their break-up, it made Basha feel a sudden regret. She wants to have Popoy back again. Popoy being overridden by his pride and pain decided not to make up with Basha. Popoy decided to leave the country for a working opportunity abroad at the same time, to think over his relationship with Basha. After such time, Popoy returned the country and meet Basha in the site where Basha is the architect of the building. Popoy then, invited Basha for a coffee and a talk, and that’s how the story ended.

One More Chance’s Influence on Pinoy Teenagers

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The character of Basha benchmarked the idea that if a woman is broken hearted or is in the process of moving on, one way to predict that situation is when that woman will cut her hair short. Basha dictated that trend which now influenced the stereotyping power of the youth. Teenagers now stereotypes that if a woman cuts her hair short, it means she underwent a break-up or is totally depressed.

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One More Chance also gave its viewers lines or dialogues in the movie that they will never forget.

 One More Chance proved the “mirror image” by Lacan in the Psychonalytical  Film Theory. The viewers were able to relate to the film because somehow, they find their personality in one of the characters in thr film or they find their lovestory exactly the same as the film’s characters. The film gave them a mirror image which reflected their own story.

One More Chance currently holds the 6th place in highest-grossing Filipino film of all time. 

How One More Try ruled the 38th MMFF

“Ang pera natin hindi basta-basta nauubos. Pero ang pasensya ko, konting-konti na lang.” is one of the famous lines in the film One More Try that became viral in almost all media channels that made people curious about the film. Image

 

“Deviant” is the adjective that best suits the film One More Try. One More Try won the Best Picture Award in the recently held 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The film was directed by Ruel S. Bayani.

One More Try benchmarked another twist in Philippine drama film’s storyline. From the title, “One More Try” it might give the mass an impression that its all about the wife-husband-mistress love affair story.

One More Try highlighted a story about trust, love and mother-son love.

From the storyline, build-up of the story up to the characters, all were deviated.

The lead characters were Angelica Panganiban (as Jacq), Dingdong Dantes (as Edward) and Angel Locsin (as Grace) disclosed another side of the coin in their acting styles in the film.

Angelica Panganiban who played the role of Jacq, a loving and successful career woman who has a hard time giving his husband a child turned the other side of Angelica’s acting. Audience usually see Angelica in her films as daring, liberated, loud and a party-girl type of character,  she was able to conquer her dramatic role as a wife in OMT. Jacq, tries to be a perfect wife because she thinks that it’s the only way she can do for Edward (Dingdong Dantes) to ease Edward’s longing to have a child. Jacq is an understanding wife who supports all the possible options in order to save Botchok (Edward & Grace’s son) She’s so supportive that she lend his husband to Grace for a one night stand.

 

Dingdong Dantes played the role of Edward who is a husband that is longing for a child. During his college years, Edward made a mistake when she fell inlove with Grace (Angel Locsin) and their affair resulted to their son. Dingdong showed a romantic and daring character in the film as he had love scenes with Angelica and Angel .

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Angel Locsin played the role of Grace, a mother who will do everything just to save her son from his illness. Angel admitted in an interview with Boy Abunda that she had a hard time in her role since it is her first time to act the role of being a mother. Angel of course, never experienced to be a mother in real life which added the difficulty of her character. Botchok (Miguel Vergara) is Grace & Edward’s son who is diagnosed with a disease & is recommended by the doctor to have an urgent bone marrow transplant. The last and only option to cure their son is to have another baby and to conceive it in a natural way. Grace will do everything just to save the life of their son. She agreed to have a one night stand with his former love interest, Edward. No feelings attached, just sex.

The storyline of the film also tackled about trust in marriage. Jacq agreed to lend Edward to Grace for a one night stand in order to conceive another child which will give cure to their son’s disease. The martyrdom of Jacq of doing that simply shows that there is a trust in their relationship though it tainted their relationship at first.

One More Try being the “deviant” film in the MMFF led them to be the Best Picture on the recent Metro Manila Film Fest. Dindong Dantes won as the Best Actor in this film.