“#Y”: the unwritten paragraph (a film review by robert manuguid silverio)

y poster

In life, there are surely a few things we always miss, or skip, or jump. We avoid them like a scary part, hiding our fears and closing our eyes. For some, they really can’t understand. And for a lot others, they simply can’t take.

A few get mad and angry. Telling how foolish it can be. Saying they must teach them some hard lessons.

And for a few others, like our own loving parents, they try to understand more and give an abundance of support and love.

But still the question remains: WHY?

These are unwritten paragraphs, with vacant notes and mysterious “agendas”. Young people can be foolish and naughty most of the times, but they do feel. They do care. A LOT.

Gino M. Santos’ latest indie film, an entry for the New Breed category of the currently-running Cinemalaya X Film Festival, simply entitled #Y, captured the true essence and spirit of a true and free-wheeling independent film. It tackled a very delicate and sensitive topic- SUICIDE.

Others reacted that the film could somehow be “pro-suicide” or an advocate of it, but a blogger thought otherwise.

Skipping and avoiding this unwritten paragraph on the lives of the “Y-Generation”, could somehow prolong their agonies and pains. It really must be presented and greatly made as a film- or, in any other kinds of art forms, too. Otherwise, the void would not get a “fill”.

It’s like looking yourself at a mirror, and see what went wrong- if there’s any mole in your face or scratch or anything. Then, fix it soon.

Yes, #Y accomplished its true intent. That the rich, young people did feel. But were not given any chances at all.

A blogger wondered how a young and handsome indie film director could do a film with great precision, research and accuracy. Bipolar Disorder is a sickness that made a lot of people ask why, indeed. 

What caused it? How could it be prevented? How could one help?

The answer remains unreachable, the way the director opted to end his film in tragedy. His vision was unlimited… but free. His style, untarnished.

Elmo Magalona, the young lead actor of the film was in total character all throughout the entirety of the film. He was so consistent, so mysterious, so defying.

In his great dramatic highlight scene, wherein he broke down crying while talking to the only person who understood him over the phone, Elmo as Miles (the character he’s portraying) was so intense, and his tears were so real, you’d cry along with him.

Chynna Ortaleza, who portrayed the role of Miles’ female phone pal and advocate, also showed real tears. Her acting portrayal was so vivid and refreshingly beautiful.

Other actors and actresses who all played important roles in this film were also all soooooo good also! Amazingly, most of them were just new. 

A film that didn’t follow the old rules, an art that was as experimental as the minds of the young- was a film art worth-seeing.

A great round of handshake and congratulations to all the young people who made this film.



(written by robert manuguid silverio)

the major cast
the major cast
director gino santos
director gino santos
elmo magalona
elmo magalona
the major cast with their director during the opening of their film at "cinemalaya x"
the major cast with their director during the opening of their film at “cinemalaya x”
chynna ortaleza
chynna ortaleza




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