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Sakaling Hindi Makarating is a film that transports you to different parts of the Philippines in search of something you think is missing in your life - your dreams, your soul or yourself, only to figure out that what you think you need to find has always been there. It was never lost.
This is another take on the heavily abused premise of I-am-broken-so-I-need-to-wander-and-search-for-my-soul references in modern lifestyle (travel hugots, hanapin ang sarili moments, etc). It's funny that movie-goers already expect too much from these movies because of the very concept of travelling itself. But 'Sakaling' delivers more than that.
It's hard to hold your 'That Thing Called Tadhana' standards at bay when you watch this movie. I know. Maybe you'll expect a heavier tragedy, more complicated emotions and lip-biting plot twists. Nah, go to the cinema with a different set of shoes. Empty your mind and watch it without benchmarking. Only then will you realize how effortlessly the film narrated the effect of an innocent aspiration from the Northernmost part of the Philippines to a broken and lost girl who travelled from Zamboanga to Batanes in search of a random reason to move on.
I could watch Cielo (Alessandra de Rossi) go to places and write letters all day after I watched the movie. This girl is so pro when it comes to roles like this. It doesn't even look like she's trying to act at all! She's that good that it comes out naturally.
Most importantly, the audience could go on an insanely amazing cinematographic trip in the eyes of Cielo but the storytelling is undeniably stronger in the perspective of the people she meets along the way. It is like experiencing the lead's journey and seeing yourself in the process at the same time. Yes, subtle and vivid at the time.
If you wanna watch a movie that doesn't even try to be good but it is actually a remarkable package, catch it tonight or tomorrow night on its last day of showing.
Or pray that they commercially distribute it across the country so you could watch it on the big screen.
Don't ruin the chance by just waiting for the pirated copy online and watch it on a small netbook screen.
It's a heartwarming cinematic experience.
It deserves more than that.