Summer MMFF: ‘Unravel’
(We are running this guide to help you plan your summer moviegoing activity. The 1st Summer Metro Manila Film Festival or MMFF runs from April 8 to April 18. Directed by RC delos Reyes; written by Senedy Que; stars Kylie Padilla, Gerald Anderson; produced by Mavx Productions)
This romantic drama, which sees Kylie Padilla and Gerald Anderson teaming up for the first time, delves into mental health and the lengths some people are willing to go to in order to deal with their condition.
The story follows Lucy (Padilla), a company executive, who, despite having a successful career, suffers from clinical depression. Feeling like she has already reached a dead end, Lucy decides to fly to Switzerland, where physician-assisted suicide is legal, even for foreigners.
But after enlisting for the procedure, Lucy meets Noah (Anderson), a fellow Filipino whose goal is to make people see the good in life. Their blossoming friendship eventually makes Lucy reconsider her plan.
“For me, ‘unravel’ means emerging as the best person you can be after so many difficulties. We want the movie to be on the positive side. As a filmmaker, I feel like movies should also be potential conversation starters about sensitive topics. We have to learn to discuss these things. If we don’t, we won’t grow into better human beings,” Delos Reyes said.
“I felt that the story is simple, but there’s depth to it… Mental health can be a very sensitive and complicated matter, but at the end of the day, we want to say that we should be kind to one another,” the director added. —Allan Policarpio INQ