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Now Showing: Dramedy For The Win—Here's Why 'Paki' Deserved Those Top Awards At C1 Originals!

Now Showing: Dramedy For The Win—Here's Why 'Paki' Deserved Those Top Awards At C1 Originals!

Paki emerged as this year’s Best Film and one of the big winners in the Cinema One Originals Filmfest along with Changing Partners. This, being Giancarlo Abrahan’s sophomore film, gives him an excellent batting average when it comes to film festival awards as his first film Dagitab also earned for him the same set of awards: Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Film in the Cinemalaya New Breed Category in 2014. With all these accolades, does it truly deserve the top plum according to our made-up, ambiguous popcorn point system? Let’s see and check out the film’s highlights and misses...

Dexter Doria as the the matriarch of the film’s family in focus was an excellent choice in casting this outlandish character, who at the dusk of her years, suddenly decides to break it off with her husband of over 50 years. Hanep! +3

Add to that the dysfunctional family members—daughter politician Eula Valdes with a doormat husband, Ricky Davao; daughter Cielo Aquino and lesbian lover Ina Feleo; the other daughter Shamaine Buencamino with gay son Miguel Valdes and his lover, matinee idol Paolo Paraiso; and philandering husband, Noel Trinidad. All make up this colorful family that surely hit close to home for almost every Filipino. +3

Abrahan’s chosen tone for the film, which veers aways from any trace of melodrama making each character and conflict even more hyper-realistic. +4

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That family picture scene where all couples kiss: gay, lesbian, straight, and geriatric alike—giving everyone no matter from what spectrum, a dose of kilig. +3

Miguel’s introducing role as the gay grandson and his kisses with scantily clad boyfriend, Paolo Paraiso. +2

Lipstick lesbian lovers Aquino and Feleo looking so hot as a power couple! +2

Thea Yrastorza playing the coolest household help ever. (Please hook me up with the agency where she came from!) +4

Noel Trinidad losing his false teeth in the beach after snorkeling. L. O.L. +3

Too many family issues diluting the story’s main issue, which is the Doria’s intention to finally separate with her cheating husband, which almost the whole family seems to condone. -4

That closing sequence though, where all characters had to maintain the act of laughing even if most of them already looked uncomfortable waiting for the director to cut. -3

Total: 17

It's one point short of Changing Partners’ 18, which I actually enjoyed just a bit more than this film. I guess this popcorn-points system does work. And as a whole, I think this film does work, too, for whatever it aims to achieve—a peek into a slice of a family’s life. I just wish it was able to centralize all the other conflicts presented and related them to its main one.

But still, congratulations to the whole film’s team for all it’s laurels, and I am definitely looking forward to more films from Abrahan. I also heard from the grapevine that Paki is one of this year’s entries that would probably have its own commercial run, so good luck with that. I believe that this family dramedy will definitely find its niche audience!

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