In ‘Changing Partners,’ excellent filmmaking overshadows musical’s emotional strength (InterAksyon)

I was so intrigued coming to watch Changing Partners and wondering how it was going to be done through film. I saw the play version (read my review here) and loved it immensely and thought it was Vince De Jesus’s strongest work yet. But it has such an unconventional structure and convention that I wanted to see if they can pull it off through film.

I shouldn’t have worried. At all. Dan Villegas and Lilit Reyes are fantastic and they helped Vince De Jesus make the transition work.

Read my review here: In ‘Changing Partners,’ excellent filmmaking overshadows musical’s emotional strength (InterAksyon).

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Agot Isidro is excellent as two variations of Alex in Changing Partners

I was lost, though, in the filmmaking. I was just so involved in how the film was made that I couldn’t connect with the story as easily as I did when I saw it as a play. I was amazed by the production design, the editing, and the use of music (though I would have preferred some songs to have remained as piano solos).

The acting, of course, was amazing.

I want to see it again now that I’ve seen how they did it that I could sit back and just watch this couple deteriorate in front of me. It sounds sadistic, I know, or even masochistic, but there’s so much to gain from this.

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