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Charles’ Reviews: Ploning

Posted on: May 14, 2008

In celebration of Judy Ann’s 30th birthday, she stars and produced a remarkable and ground-breaking film Ploning.

Judy Ann Santos stars as Ploning, a simple girl from Barrio Cuyo in Palawan, that embarks a simple relationship-based story to her father, lover and everybody else in their small Barrio. It may be one of Judy Ann’s best performance, a truly remarkable feat for her. Ploning conveys a simple message: Ang pag-ibig ay naghihintay at umaasa, na kahit sa anong paraan, maaari tayong magbigay ng pag-ibig sa lahat ng tao.

Ploning’s plot is very simple – yet its remarkable storytelling makes it a groundbreaking movie. Also, the movie’s theme is universal, yet it tells how people can relate to each other. The movie relates the story of a woman loved by all, Ploning, and how she affects the people surrounding her. Her warm affection is gratified by everybody, yet nobody knows what she really feels.

Although, amidst praises, for its realistic sense, Ploning uses much of Cuyonon’s dialect, so if you can’t understand the language, you might have to read the subtitles, which takes some of your focus on the story building. Also, the movie uses flashback. At one point, the movie used a 3rd generation flashback, which also makes the story a bit hard to understand.

We can’t forget the unusual performances of Eugene Domingo, as a crippled mother; and of course the grand performances of Ms. Gina Pareño and Ms. Judy Ann Santos. Also, noteworthy of their performances are Merryl Soriano Mylene Dizon, Ces Quesada and Ms. Tessie Tomas. And of course, those who are regional actors and actresses who worked much in finer sense.

For its unusual, yet ground breaking storytelling; simple but complicated use of a theme; and outstanding performances of its stars; I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Official Trailer of Ploning

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