Regal Films is known for its tear-jerking productions back in the 80s; and it is great to hear that for the opening salvo of the said film outfit—it chose to have ‘Mama’s Girl’ written by the famed Ms. Gina Marissa Tagasa with Connie S.A. Macatuno as director and top-billed by Sylvia Sanchez and Sofia Andres as the mother-and-daughter in the film.
It is refreshing to see how the story was weaved by seasoned screenwriter and attempted to tackle on the relationship between a single mom named Mina (Sanchez) with her millennial daughter Abby (Andres).
A Very Timely Film.
It is quite a challenge for Mina, as a mother and as a single parent to raise Abby through the restaurant business she has invested with her passion and commitment over the years; but still she was able to send her daughter to school and eventually let her finish college.
Amid the many distractions that the young people are facing these days; it is obvious that some of them are struggling to be responsible individuals; which is true to Abby’s character. Maybe because of the convenience that the technology has provided this present generation—it is hard for them to cope when one of the convenient stuff are taken away from them.
Abby, as a sheltered young adult, had a difficulty in getting a life especially when she was compelled after her mom’s demise. As if the young lady lost her arms and legs when her mom left her unprepared.
The film is a timely take on how to raise or deal millennials.
A New Device in Storytelling.
It is also both intriguing and engaging for the audience to try to uncover the character of Mina. Is she a ghost in the film?
If one gets to base on the trailer—it seems that Mina is a ghost. However, viewers must watch the movie in order to decipher what really happened and why is Mina always present in scenes where Abby is having some challenges in life and all. For me, it is one beautiful device that Tagasa did in telling her story.
What makes the film more appealing because it naturally incorporated tips in having a successful life.
Tagasa used these key words to highlight things that Abby has to do in order to pick up from the ashes that she found herself in.
There were five letters that Mina left for Abby; containing reminders for the latter or serve as guideposts. First, there was ‘passion’ that taught Abby to believe in her innate talents which she has inherited from her mom. Then, ‘commitment’ where she as a young entrepreneur; it gives her that sense of responsibility to finish what she has started (or rather what her mom has started). The word ‘acceptance’ was also instilled since Abby had to deal with her long-lost father played by Allan Paule. After being taught about acceptance, she was also asked to assist her grandmother to reconcile with the past and appreciate what ‘forgiveness’ is all about. Only when she is able to accomplish the things that her mom asked her to do—she can finally meet or the love of her life will come; and would give her inner peace as well.
A Brave Move.
Frankly, I admire the courage that the writer, the director and even the producer have ventured into. In the midst where filmmakers are too engrossed in making ‘hugot’ flicks (romance-drama or romantic-comedy), the decision to ride on the bandwagon of the success of ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’, ‘#WalangForever or even the 2017 ‘Kita Kita’—was not the route they choose to follow.
Though, Abby has two leading men here—Diego Loyzaga and Jameson Blake; it was not the focus of the story. It is great to see a film that tackles another kind of relationship—about a mother-and-daughter.
Perhaps, this film is a good break from all those tried-and-tested romantic flicks. Catch it as it just opened last week and still showing in cinemas nationwide.