8 Indie Hugot Films
that will Give You a Reality Slap
By Tynne De Leon
Admittedly, we’re such slaves to hugot movies that we go see them expecting either to seek comfort from our broken hearts, or just really want to have a good cry. Maybe we need a slap back to reality that we find these movies relatable—that’s why we rush to the cinemas when one of these pop up on our radar; no matter how mainstream they’ve become. Here are some new recommendations (some of them you can watch on iFlix):
Dagitab is not your typical hugot movie; there’s a lot of metaphors in it that you may find hard to keep up with, until you realize the film’s charm lies in its mysteriousness. The film revolves around the lives of a middle-aged couple, Jimmy and Issey Tolentino (Nonie Buencamino and Eula Valdez) who find themselves completely lost after they’ve somewhat reached the peak of careers. Trust us, you will be drawn to its mystery once you see it. Watch it on iFlix.
I’m Drunk, I Love You
IDILY is a film that will hit you hard, and its portrayal of unrequited love will smack you hard in the face. The movie topbills Maja Salvador as Carson, a graduating student who agreed to accompany her best friend Dio (Paulo Avelino) to La Union despite her graduation rites just days away because duh, she’s is in love with him for seven years. But despite its hugot nature, the film has a lot of fun moments (bagnet, bagnet, bagnet!) and you will find yourself laughing the heartbreak away, just like Carson. It’s still showing in cinemas nationwide!
Sakaling Hindi Makarating
Whenever we get our hearts broken or feel lost, we’re always drawn to the idea of going someplace far to mend and “find ourselves.” And that’s exactly what Cielo (Alessandra de Rossi) did to nurse her broken heart after her 11-year romantic relationship ended. As she was receiving postcards from a certain “M” every two weeks, her neighbor and potential suitor Paul (Pepe Herrera) urged her to use them as itinerary and embark on a solo journey to find herself. This film will tell you to go out there, make awesome travel memories, and learn to appreciate life along the way. For sure, you will fall in love with the Philippines once again. Catch it on Cinema 76.
LGBT relationships are nothing new to the local indie scene, but what sets Baka Bukas apart is its realistic and non-stereotypical take on the subject matter that every young person, even a non-LGBT can relate to. The story is about Alex (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) who has a thing for her girl best friend, Jess (Louise de los Reyes) ever since they were kids. Things get complicated when, of course, the latter learned about this, and they are forced to confront their complicated feelings for each other. So if you want to explore the wonders and understand the complexities of a same-sex relationship, it’s the film to watch.
It will be shown in cinemas nationwide on March 1, so watch out for it!
Sleepless is not actually a romantic film, but its true and honest depiction of brokenness and life’s complexities make it a must-watch for people who are dealing with the same troubles. The story focuses on Gem (Glaiza de Castro) and Barry (Dominic Roco) who met in the complicated world of call center. As they become close to each other, they attempt to solve their own problems together and eventually discover how to fix them. If you’re feeling lost at the moment, you might find comfort while watching this film.
Visit Sleepless’ official Facebook page to know their future screening schedules.
Sana Dati starts on a really sad vibe, so you know it’s going to get heartbreaking along the way. But don’t be fooled; the film’s story has depth. It stars Lovi Poe as Andrea, a girl about to get married to a young politician, Robert (TJ Trinidad). Things get complicated with the arrival of Dennis (Paulo Avelino), the wedding videographer who will remind Andrea of her sad and complicated past. The film is satisfyingly heartbreaking up to the last minute. And get your emotions ready when you hear UDD’s “Indak.”
You can stream Sana Dati on iFlix.
Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa
AKND is an ode to relationships nearing its end. It tackles the story of Sam (Nicco Manalo) and Isa (Emmanuele Vera) as they try to patch things up in their relationship. You will, for sure, get confused through its course, but its hidden meanings lie between its slow and silent moments. And it has a really painful soundtrack, believe me. Try not to cry while listening to Quest’s “Walang Hanggan.”
Watch out for their future local screenings on their official Facebook page.
This film just perfectly captures the feeling of falling in love and finding yourself in the process. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant indie music scene, Ang Nawawala tells the story of Gibson (Dominic Roco) who was left mute by his traumatic past. As he reconnects with his family and friends for Christmas, he meets the sophisticated but broken Enid (Annicka Dolonius) who will help him face his fears and limitations. This film will make you fall in love and heartbroken at the same time, and will leave you speechless (yup, like the protagonist) once you finish it.
Ang Nawawala DVD is now available, and you can message their Facebook page to know where you can buy a copy.
Which one brought out the hugot in you? Tell us in the comments section below!