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Till We Meet Again Movie Review  

"Till We Meet (Cinderella) Again

Nick Nicolas, Times Journal, 1985

"Till We Meet Again" is a delightful fantasy about romantic love and filial
relationships. It is also a film one rejoices; in emphatizing with. What a
pleasantly vicarious experience it is to practically be an integral part of the
relationships among Guy (Nora Aunor), Pip (Tirso Cruz III), Armida Siguion
Reyna, and Dina Bonnevie.

Being a deliberately simple melodrama scripted by Rolando Tinio and Joey
Javier Reyes, "Again" is the story of a very determined and strong woman
who tackles adversity whiteout resorting to hysterics and despair.

Except for a few scenes, one seems no to notice that "Again" is straight
melodrama. This may be due to the fast pacing given the film by Rolando,
Joey and Elwood Perez, director.

One would think that melodrama connotes sorrow and suffering but in
Perez's film there's a sprinkling of humor --- not sophisticated humor, to be
sure, but simple Filipino humor. Not slapstick, either, but humor which the
audiences can readily relate to.

There's also a bit of nostalgia with the reunion of Guy and Pip. I suggest
that they star in one or two more films. Their fans haven't forgotten them. At
the Greenbelt Theater in Makati where I saw "Again" on its first day of
showing, it was SRO and I had to sit on the aisle. But it was worth it, the
audience clapping with pure rapture during some scenes showing Guy and
Pip together. As I looked around, even in the semi-darkness of the cinema,
I could easily perceive nearly tearful smiles. I got carried away by it all, and
before long, I too, was clapping loudly and I felt fine, velvety and light.

Then, too, Guy's and Pip's acting abilities have vastly improved since their
early films. Of course, Guy has now become a diamond as big as the Ritz,
a true superstar, the only typical Filipina to have achieved such stature.
Pip's artistry has also matured considerably. He is no longer the youngster
brimming with sports and dance and youthful shenanigans.

In "Again," he's capable of expressing deep, complex emotions, as a man
caught between two loves. He is compassionate when Dina Bonnevie, the
liberated woman whom he later marries, feels confused about the direction
her life is taking --- aimless, purposeless.

Armida, is perfectly cast as Pip's rich, arrogant mother who wishes to run
his life. had the audience been a nest of vipers, they would have hissed
and hissed at her, or probably bitten her to death.

Sent to us by Ron