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From bad to glad tidings

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From bad to glad tidings

When the indie film, “Bliss,” was disapproved for general release by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), it was the worst possible news for its producers.

Some days later, however, the decision was appealed and overturned—and the film’s fortunes quickly turned from bad to good.

Not only would Jerrold Tarog’s movie be released and shown for adults, but the controversy resulted in extensive media reports and public interest, so it’s imminent showing has become an event.

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Many film buffs now want to see for themselves what the fuss is all about—so, “Bliss” is blessed!

What can viewers look forward to watching? Lead player Iza Calzado stars as a popular actress who bankrolls her own new starrer for the express purpose of gaining respect and thespic cachet.

But, while shooting the “prestigious” project, she’s involved in an accident that leaves her disabled.

As she tries to recover, things go from bad to worse due to the machinations of her husband and a cruel nurse.

Iza’s character descends into insanity, resulting in a new and darker storytelling level for the production.

The new film already won regional film awards before its recent local release, so hopes are high that it could turn out to be both a popular and critical hit.

What price initial “defeat” and controversy? Sometimes, it all works out well in the end!

Another example of success being snatched out of a negative situation or perception is the current status of the acting career of Rosanna Roces.

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For many years, she was a popular lead player of the sexy sort—but, in later years, she established her thespic cred and cachet, thus enjoying the best of both worlds.

However, a “controversial” private life and added poundage eventually eroded her distinct stellar advantage, and her career fell into bad and dark times.

Recently, however, Rosanna staged an attention-calling comeback in a “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode that “reminded” viewers of her exceptional acting prowess.

In the challenging drama, she played a loving wife and mother, whose best efforts to love her family were frustrated by mental illness.

She suffered from schizophrenia, but didn’t have the money for the medicine needed to keep her psychotic demons in abeyance, so she became an embarrassment and danger to her loved ones.

The character’s descent into madness challenged Rosanna to use all of her acting resources to do justice to her tragic decline—and her best efforts were eminently effective and successful!

We trust that Rosanna’s return to acting was duly noted by both producers and viewers, so it won’t just be a one-shot showcase.

To help improve her comeback prospect, Rosanna should do her best to lose weight and otherwise “shape up” as an actress and person, so she’ll continue to be back in thespic harness, for good.

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TAGS: Bliss, indie film, Iza Calzado, Jerrold Tarog, MTRCB
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