Topbilled by Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano, In My Life is set to premiere on Cinema One’s Blockbuster Sundays, July 18, at 8pm.
In My Life is a heartwarming story about family, friendship, love, and acceptance that puts the spotlight to Shirley (Santos), a middle-aged librarian and single mother who accepted the invitation of his son Mark (Manzano) to visit him in New York. With the help of Mark’s lover, Noel (Cruz), Shirley tries to start a new life to get away from her problems while also trying to rekindle her estranged relationship with her son. But just when things are starting to get better for Shirley in the Big Apple, she slowly discovers a dark secret her son is keeping from her.
A masterpiece from director Olivia Lamasan, In My Life takes pride in bringing back Vilma Santos into the big screen after seven years of not making movies. To make it more special, “Ate Vi” was starred alongside Box Office King John Lloyd and her son Luis—a very first not only for the Star for All Seasons but for the two young actors as well.
In My Life’s winning story made it one of the most awarded films for 2009, bagging Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Picture in several respected award-giving bodies. It received five awards from the 8th Gawad Tanglaw, seven from the 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, and three from the 41st Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards, among others.
In My Life gave Santos the Best Actress awards from Gawad Tanglaw, Gawad Suri, PMPC Star Awards, 41st GMMA, and 1st MTRCB Film Awards. Cruz, meanwhile, received Best Actor awards from 41st GMMA, 26th PMPC Star Awards; Gawad PASADO; 8th Gawad Tanglaw and 1st MTRCB Awards. In My Life also gave Manzano his first acting awards, including Star Awards’ Best Movie Supporting Actor of the Year; GAWAD Tanglaw’s Best Supporting Actor 2010 and just recently 41st Box Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s Film Actor of the Year.
Apart from awards, In My Life gained positive reviews from moviegoers and critics alike. The Philippine Daily Inquirer opinion columnist and acclaimed film critic Nestor Torre commended the film saying, “In My Life is still the most empathetic mainstream production we’ve seen this year, thanks to its leads’ sensitive portrayals and the relative fluidity and topicality of Lamasan’s storytelling. Finally, the film is a personal triumph for Vilma Santos, whose feisty and committed performance proves that, in her mid-50s, she’s at the peak of her artistry. At a time when teleserye overacting has compromised the work of many veteran stars, Vilma shows the way back to passionate, principled excellence.”
Don’t miss the Philippine TV premiere of In My Life on July 18, Sunday, on Cinema One and re-discover how the “relationship of two men teaches a woman to move on and live again”.
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