Desperate to find means of support for his family, Noy (Coco Martin) fakes his credentials to get a job as a TV journalist. His assignment is to come up with a documentary on the 2010 ...
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Desperate to find means of support for his family, Noy (Coco Martin) fakes his credentials to get a job as a TV journalist. His assignment is to come up with a documentary on the 2010 Philippines national elections while following the trail of his namesake, senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the top presidential contender. During the campaign Noy becomes more aware of the responsibilities of real journalists. While a fresh wave of nationalistic fervor and enthusiasm permeate the country, life at home fails to improve for Noy's family and the disparity between the two "Noys" becomes increasingly evident. If one lives for the truth, the other lives a lie to survive. Infused with actual documentary footage of the presidential elections, interwoven with dramatic scenes, the film deals with the realities of poverty for many Filipino families and the fact that it may take more than one man to change the country's history. Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Noy is a lost soul tested and shattered by difficulties looking for, if not his, his family's redemption.
Not only flooded homes but also faith submerged in trials projects Noy Agapito as the face of every Filipino tested by life's challenges. Noy may be pertaining to two different persons bearing the same name with entirely different destinies, but it mainly revolves on the Noy we Filipinos can relate to.
A brutally honest and sharply written screenplay by Shugo Praico reflects the depressing and faith-shaking scenario of the Philippines today. The film focuses on the street smart persona of Noy Agapito who is determined to do everything he can for his family. The straight-from-the-shoulder opening narration from the lead character himself hints how tough the whole picture would be. Sharp-worded dialogues, demoralizing incidents and wretched fate pencil in the harsh reality of life.
Noy is a lost soul tested and shattered by difficulties looking for, if not his, his family's redemption. Despite all the bitter actuality we all face, this film makes me realize that when things get really unpleasant and difficult to handle, when nothing seems right and everything goes wrong, your family would always be there to run to.
A story as big as life itself put into writing, Dondon Santos's brilliant direction, a gripping cinematography and well-acted roles made this a glorious feat. Moreover, Rodel Nacianceno's documentary clips woven together with the story of a lifetime contributed to this film's triumph.
Saying that Coco Martin did a pretty good job is an understatement. His performance captivated my heart and soul. All the rest of the cast were very convincing. Cherry Pie Picache once again showcased her acting prowess as she brought to life an illiterate yet loving mother. In addition, the notable performance of Joem Bascon as an insecure and handicapped brother is also something to celebrate. Even the very short appearance of father and son Pen and Ping Medina did make the film better. However, the love story between our main character and his girlfriend, Divine, appeared to be somehow unnecessary. Still, it didn't ruin the whole picture.
Noy is not only about a lost man who found someone that could possibly uplift his country's situation. It's not merely about hope and success. It also voices out that we all have a responsibility not only towards ourselves and our family, but also for all the people around us. This is the Philippines's official entry to Academy Awards 2011 and whether it wins or not, I must say that this film is a victory for all of us Filipinos.
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