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Donsol (2006)

 -  Drama  -  9 January 2008 (USA)
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About two lonely people who met during the whaleshark watching season in Donsol, Sorsogon.

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Credited cast:
Sid Lucero ...
Daniel
Angel Aquino ...
Teresa
Cherie Gil ...
Mars
Jaclyn Jose ...
Ligaya
Bembol Roco ...
Fidel
Simon Ibarra
Kenneth Ocampo ...
Daniel's friend
Aaron Junatas
Erika Luna ...
(as Erika Anne Luna)
Mark Gil
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Donsol, a fishing town in Sorsogon province, serves as a sanctuary to a group of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Locally, known as butanding, whale sharks visit the waters of Donsol from November to May. In this film, Donsol is a place of refuge for the butanding but also a holding pen for lost and lonely people who wish for things they are no longer likely to get. Daniel, a Butanding Interaction Officer who accompanies tourists on whale watching expeditions and assists them in interacting with the sharks, is a broken hearted man who meets an older woman, Teresa, a widow fighting breast cancer. The two share their miseries and discover that they like being together. Will their newfound bond be strong or will it be blown along with the amihan wind which signals the end of the butanding migratory visit to the small town? Written by cinemalaya 2006

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Philippine's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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26 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. I thought this might be an interesting romantic story but I think I would have rather watched a 105 minute documentary on shark whales than have suffered through this sleeper. And shark whales are way down at the bottom of my list of things I want to learn about. I can't believe that this was the Phillippines official entry as Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards. Either this was all they had to offer or they are trying to drum up more shark whale watching tourists. This movie plods along for about an hour with no sense of what direction it's going to take. Finally in about the last 45 minutes you get to the meat of the story but the story is so thin and implausible with an over-dramatic conclusion that's it not worth the wait. Daniel (Sid Lucero) is a young tour guide for tourist boat company that takes tourists out to watch and swim with shark whales. Daniel is also the town hunk in the sleepy little fishing village that has been turned into a tourist town. Teresa (Angel Aquino) is a recently widowed breast cancer survivor who is returning to the area, along with her journalist friend Mars (Cherie Gill), for the first time since her husbands untimely death. Daniel and Teresa become friends which eventually leads to a very brief romantic encounter. Actually two very brief romantic encounters but in the the first one Daniel can't handle his emotions and prejudices and it seems highly unlikely that there will ever even be a second encounter. Director/writer Adolpho Alix Jr. in his feature film directorial debut could have done so much more with a story of a breast cancer victim who has had a double mastectomy and has also lost the love of her life and a young man who has yet to find the love of his life. Lucero and Aquino are fine in their roles but they can't save this movie. I would give this low budget digitally filmed sleeper a generous 5.0 out of 10.


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