I was never a big fan of Filipino films. They all seem so repetitive and just going off of the same recipe that’s seriously dated. I couldn’t bear one more of it so I just steer clear.
But recently, more and more local releases are becoming better and armed with a different story line than what the mainstream media has been producing for decades.
I thought Seven Sundays was going to be an apple from the same old tree and while it was similar to some extent to films such as Tanging Yaman or as I have heard and read, Four Sisters and a Wedding (I haven’t watched this yet, but it has now piqued my curiosity), it still wasn’t a disappointment and wasn’t as puke-inducing as other local films.
Starring big-time Filipino actors like Ronaldo Valdez, Aga Muhlach, Dingong Dantes, Enrique Gil, and Christine Reyes, this film is about four siblings who was asked to spend the next seven Sundays at home, together as a family, by their dying father who was just diagnosed with cancer.
The movie hits the right spots as it tackled issues that most — if not all — typical Filipino families go through on the daily. It talked about familial, financial, marital, and personal problems without over-killing every single one.
There were moments that made me laugh my ass off and there were some that really hit close to home and made me shed buckets of tears, especially when it came to Dex’s (Enrique Gil) issues.
Every single actor was impressive (even Ketchup Eusebio who is almost always a supporting actor but seriously plays whatever role is given to him amazingly) and really gave justice to the character that they were playing — and that’s saying something considering that I dislike a grave percentage of local movies mainly because of the horrendous acting.
I’m glad I gave Seven Sundays a shot because it definitely is one of the most amazing, heart-warming, and beautiful Filipino drama films that I have watched in years.
Photos from Star Cinema’s website.