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FEATURES: Tayo Sa Huling Buwan ng Taon Movie Review

May 16, 2019 Kae Luna

Heartbreaking and confusing, ‘Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon’ gives you mixed emotions and leaves you dumbfounded with its plot. Here’s why!

This is going to be the first time I’m writing a review, but certainly not the first time I’ve seen a romantic movie. And believe me when I tell you that ‘Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon‘ is different from all the others I’ve watched. We have waited in anticipation for this movie to show on the big screen, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Why watch it?

If you haven’t watched the film yet, I suggest that you do! It’s something you won’t regret watching. Personally, I was intrigued by the trailer of the film. You can’t really deduce anything from the title, except that it takes place in December. But by watching the trailer, you’d have some sort of idea of what the film is about. Take a look at the film’s official trailer!

From this, we get a glimpse of what the situation would be. The main characters, Isa and Sam, would both be in perfectly happy relationships. But then they meet each other again, and that’s where the conflict begins. Being a sequel to the equally good film ‘Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa’, we would have difficulties in understanding the film without having to understand how it ended for the two characters in the first film.

In ‘Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa’, we learned that Isa is Sam’s student, which was a big part of why the relationship didn’t work out. Another thing is that Isa still had a boyfriend who was in the States. So quite technically, I think we can consider them exes.

What we loved about the film (Spoilers ahead!)

Cinematography

Let me start with the cinematography. I’ve just come to appreciate the coloring style unique to indie films. If you watch the movie, you’d notice that the happier scenes were colored warm and the sadder scenes were inclined towards the cooler tones. The shots also were brilliantly placed and they always told a story. It’s great how a certain shot isn’t just there to be aesthetically pleasing.

For example, comparative scenes were very much present in the film. First, the film shows what is happening with Sam and Anna, and then it would show what is happening with Isa and Frank in consecutive and related shots that looked like it was cut in such a way that you’d think it’s the same setting. It’s only when you see the characters that you’d go “Oh, we’re in Isa’s part now… We’re in Sam’s part now.” And it wasn’t just put there without a purpose; it somehow lets the viewers compare the scenes in their heads to create situations before and after Isa and Sam met again.

Plot

The plot is dumbfounding as it does not follow a straight timeline. For most parts of the film, the date was set in December 2018. But then towards the end of the film, it reverted back to December 2016. Now the title makes sense. In the film, Isa and Sam both have happy relationships with their partners Frank and Anna, respectively. Anna was also a school teacher, like Sam. She had personal struggles with her family and was shown to be sad for the most part of the film. Nonetheless, their relationship was a happy one. Sam and Anna liked talking about what to do for their future, with Anna pursuing her studies again and Sam going back to filming.

On the other hand, Isa and Frank had big plans. They were about to leave for the US just before the new year and start a new life there, with Isa getting an opportunity as a writer. Frank was to leave his job as a private pilot here in the country for Isa to be able to pursue her passion.

The conflict

However, when Isa and Sam met again, the conflict unfolded. At first, it was very casual, but then one meeting led to another, leading up to the point where the two got to talk about their past. Old wounds were reopened and the pain of losing each other came back. That was when Frank and Anna knew about what was happening between Sam and Isa.

And it conflicts the emotions because you don’t know who to side. Originally the couple we loved in the first movie, you’d want Sam and Isa to be together. But at the same time, the other two characters did nothing wrong to deserve the deceit. Frank was doing everything for Isa, and Anna the same. All in all, the film leaves you feeling empty as you walk out of the cinemas. Having a cliffhanger ending, you’d be left wondering what ending there is, or what you would want the ending to be. Which makes us think that this film might have a third installment.

Needless to say, ‘Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon’ will be a good film to watch, alone or with anyone. 10 out of 10, would recommend! Trust me, it’s not a film you’d just watch and forget. Share us your thoughts after you watch the film on the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh. We’d love to know what you think!