One of the more underrated films of this year’s Cinemalaya is one that features a unique take on love. Here’s my review of Carlo Enciso Catu’s Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon.
The main conflict of the film happens between his wife Teresa, her current lover Celso, and Bene, who is married to Tere but has left her for another woman many years ago. When Tere finds out that Bene is dying of cancer, she goes and spends Bene’s remaining time with him, and Celso worries he might lose Tere as she and Bene are still legally married.
The film shows us that a person’s greatest fear isn’t really death itself, but the thought of dying alone, and being alone in general. Bene doesn’t want to die alone, and Celso fears that Tere might fall out of love with him and leave him alone. They combat these fears by staying together, Celso helping Tere help Bene in his last few breaths. It’s quite a unique concept for a film, and it proves to be effective as it not only unravels feelings from the past, but creates new memories and friendships along the way.
There’s a lot more going on in the film, The pacing can get a bit slow at times, especially in the first 30 minutes or so. For those who are not patient enough, it can get real tedious to watch, but it all pays off in the end. Luckily, I’m extremely patient with films like this, especially when they have an interesting story to tell.
In terms of acting, they all delivered. Dante Rivero is spot on as Bene, he has that constant look of sadness that perfectly describes his character’s situation. Perla Bautista and Menggie Cobarrubias are pretty convincing as lovers, and the three of them together have a great rapport. The cinematography is okay, but the film can get too dark at times, but I get that as an artistic choice.
Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon is a poignant, understated film that leaves a real mark on one’s emotions. It digs deep down in our most kept fears and turns them into something as beautiful as the sun setting on the shoreline.
My Rating: 9/10
Here’s the trailer of ‘Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon’: