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One Minute Movie Review: ‘The Mistress’

"The Mistress" is an edgy romantic drama that will bring Filipino moviegoers up close and personal with the obscure life of the other woman.

THE MISTRESS

Main Cast: Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz
Supporting Cast: Hilda Koronel, K. Brosas, Ronaldo Valdez
Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
Genre: Romantic Drama
Released by: Star Cinema
MTRCB Rating: R-13

Movie Info: “The Mistress” is an ‘imperfect’ love story of a seamstress Sari Alfonso (Bea Alonzo) and architect JD Torres (John Lloyd Cruz) who have crossed paths in an unexpected circumstance. Sari is the mistress of JD’s father (Ronaldo Valdez) and he aggressively pursues her affections and eventually falls hard for her. Sari is now torn between the affections of the younger Torres who brings passion into her life and the older Torres who helped her during the toughest time of her life.

The Positive: The film marks the 10th year anniversary of the John Lloyd-Bea love team, their most mature and bravest outing to date as how Star Cinema sells it. And true to their pitch, “The Mistress” exemplifies the growth of John Lloyd and Bea as actors.

The film tackles infidelity presented in a four-sided love story that requires complex emotions. As expected, Hilda Koronel and Ronaldo Valdez captured the essence of their roles being veteran actors as they are. But the film calls for these emotions from John Lloyd and Bea and I must say, they delivered. Aside from the fact that they have a formidable chemistry, their timing in delivering their lines and expressions as a pair is unmatched.

The technical elements of the film are highly commendable, too! The screenplay balances romance and drama, avoiding stereotypes along the way. The musical score is lingering, if it’s a song you’ll be having LSS. The cinematography and production design boost the romance. Although there’s a little editing glitch, it’s harmless to the totality of the film.

The Negative: The topic of infidelity is becoming a genre on Philippine cinema. With the success of “No Other Woman” last year and now “The Mistress,” we know Pinoys can relate to these films as evident by the ticket sales. Good thing Olivia Lamasan steered the movie from hitting the bumps of cliches and commercialized ending. That’s why instead of hearing Carmi Martin saying campy lines like “Ang Mundo ay parang Quiapo…” she said “Who are we to judge.”

And speaking of the ending, I like the style that was used to conclude “The Mistress.” It kinda reminds me of the ending of the underrated infidelity movie, “My Neighbor’s Wife.”

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STARMOMETER SCORE: 9/10

“The Mistress” Trailer:

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