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‘What Home Feels Like?’: A Film that Stirs-up Family Ties

A Review

As published on Manila Times, dated 30 April 2016—it mentioned that the Philippines is the world’s top source of seafarers, with around 229,000 Filipinos on board merchant shipping vessels around the world at any given time. In the #ToFarmFilmFestival2017 entry—‘What Home Feels Like?’Bembol Roco as Antonio suddenly came home to his wife, Jenny, portrayed by Irma Adlawan.

Roco is getting ready for a scene in ‘What Home Feels Like?’ Photograph courtesy of Production.

Roco is an actor who effortlessly breathes into the character of a seaman who has been away from his wife and children for the longest time—making him too effective in his role as an absentee father, which contributed a great impact in making his children not able to fully develop their full potentials. Thus, his relationship with his wife and his children became strain.

Each day as he spends his ‘forced indefinite leave of absence’ from work—he uncovered certain concerns within the confines of his home, which had long been brewing during his absence. His family especially his children who grew up without him around have become accustomed to a ‘fatherless’ home. His presence has turned into something that his children loathe since he has been acting weird since he arrived.

Abello, the youngest filmmaker in the festival.
Photograph courtesy of Production.

The story that is written by Joseph Abello is no film that attempts to be innovative and ends up as a dismal blow for inconsistencies in all aspects. In short—it is not pretentious. Its deafening silence as an approach in storytelling—is poignant. It pierces both the human heart and soul. Tensions weren’t heightened too much (to the point of making the audience vomit), which most filmmakers may resort to the usual heavy drama applied on TV series.

Two of the finest actors–Roco and Adlawan are seen in this shot.
Photograph courtesy of Production.

Both Bembol and Irma are shoo-ins for Best Actor and Best Actress awards. There’s no doubt about that. While their four children played by Biboy Ramirez (Jason), Aaron Rivera (Joshua), Rex Lantano (Julius) and Bianca Libinting (Alison) were just perfect in tackling their respective characters.

The film painted usual scenarios of families who are victims of two possible ill-effects—a dramatic increase on rates of depression and anxiety and do as divorce and relationship issues. It still runs till Tuesday, 18 July 2017.

The remaining days of play dates are as follows:

Sunday 16 July

  • 11am SM Manila
  • 1:30pm Greenbelt 1
  • 4pm Gateway Cineplex
  • 6:30pm Robinsons Galleria

Monday 17 July

  • 11am SM Megamall
  • 1:30pm SM Manila
  • 4pm Greenbelt 1
  • 6:30pm Gateway Cineplex
  • 9pm Robinsons Galleria

Tuesday 18 July

  • 1:30pm SM Megamall
  • 4pm SM Manila
  • 6:30pm Greenbelt 1
  • 9pm Gateway Cineplex

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