Sunday, March 7, 2010

A story about love, closure and a pair of red shoes

A woman will never be contented with just a pair of shoes. Every pay day, most of us made sure that part of our hard earned money is used to buy "that" pair of shoes that we've been dying to get ever since we saw it being put on display in our favorite boutique. We're shoeholics. And former first lady Imelda Marcos is no stranger to this addiction - she has over a thousand pairs of shoes! And what's the relation of my shoe intro to this movie write-up? It's because this particular movie is about a particular pair of shoes that Marcos owned.

Well, Unitel's The Red Shoes, does not mostly center around Imelda Marcos' red shoes. It is about Lucas, a wedding videographer that once stole a pair of red shoes from Imelda Marcos when he's just a kid. He split the shoes and gave one to his mother and the other one to his first love (Nikki Gil). Fast forward to the present day, Lucas is now dealing with a lot of problems - his mother's frustration over the sudden death of his father, and his struggle to move on after his failed relationship with his first love.

Coming from a production house that was famous from producing films like Crying Ladies and Santa Santita, the movie has a slight "indie" feel to it but trust me, this is a viewer-friendly movie, just like any other movie produced by local production houses. And I must say, it is one of the better mainstream films produced this year. Metro Manila film fest should have films like this! The story is just light, it does not try hard to be "artsy" and complicated. And I have to say, Tessie Tomas is one hella great in portraying her character. She really fits the character!

Cinematography is good and the locations are picturesque. The way they edited the film reminded me of 500 days of summer, but I don't care, the editing style matches the pacing of the story, so it didn't ruin the film. The movie has a lot of good points and I really love the way they handled the outcome of Marvin and Nikki's relationship. For me, there is no other way to it but that. And the ending... it made me say "Aaaaaaw..." And I bet, everyone who will watch it will also say it too. It's just so touchy!

I think the movie is really about closure. The characters in the story are struggling to find a closure - a closure to failed relationship, death of loved one, an unforgiven mistake... And this movie will show us how every character struggled to deal with this particular "hole" in their lives. Because there won't be progress if we continue to live in our past, we should learn to move on. And it is best to do it in style - by wearing a pair of red shoes. Hehe.. =)

 The Red Shoes will be shown in cinemas on March 10, 2010. For more details, visit


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