A family's source of joy becomes the cause of all their grief. After years of trying to have a son, a couple finally decides to adopt one. While Shayne their only child is receptive at ... See full summary »
A family's source of joy becomes the cause of all their grief. After years of trying to have a son, a couple finally decides to adopt one. While Shayne their only child is receptive at first, she finds herself getting increasingly jealous of Joel who has become the couple's center of attention. Shayne realizes that her adopted brother is no threat at all when he demonstrates his affection for her. But just when harmony is restored in the family, tragedy strikes during a beach excursion. Acting on a dare by Joel, Shane's father drifts afar from the shore and drowns. Shane's mother suffers a breakdown and blames Joel for the tragedy. Albeit Shane tries to hold the family together, the mother becomes inconsolable and demands that she return the boy to the orphanage. Now, Shayne must make the painful choice whether to keep her brother or submit to her mother's wishes. Written by
A heavy drama film that can evoke emotions without exerting almost any effort; a timeless classic that must be watched by those who haven't
The movie is one of the best Philippine drama films I had seen; it is a movie that can truly evoke your emotions, especially since it is about family relationships.
The movie begins with a smooth flow and light atmosphere but as it approaches the end, there is a twist that changes the direction of the story; a stark contrast that makes the movie so affecting. There are few characters in the film, but the characters' identities are well-portrayed by very good actors such as Maricel Soriano, Nestor de Villa and most especially, Nida Blanca. Their acting is very convincing that you almost cannot see the film was just "scripted". You will feel the actors' emotions as if they were real, even without exerting too much "effort" trying to absorb the feelings they are trying to portray. Although, the constant and long crying of the child in the some parts of the story might be quite "awkward" to watch, the child was nevertheless good in acting; perhaps it is just not everyday that you hear a child crying in the manner that the child had done in the film.
The best acting I had seen was from Nida Blanca. Her acting and, most especially, facial expressions look very real. Just by looking at her face, you cannot help but feel the happy, gloomy, or uneasy atmosphere even before she does something. It's like she can "kill" a person just by staring at him.
Overall, any drama film about family relationships almost turn out to be very good. But this is one of the few films that cannot be forgotten easily because of the theme, its twist in the story, and the very good acting by several actors & actresses. It is one of the timeless classic drama film masterpieces in Philippine cinema history.
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