STAR CINEMA’S ‘ONE MORE TRY’ made me shed some tears the first time I watched its trailer early November despite its close similarity to Cameron Diaz-starrer, ‘Sisters Keeper’ but after watching the trailer of a Chinese film ‘In Love We Trust’ last week, I wanted those teardrops back.
‘One More Try’ stars Dingdong Dantes, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, and Zanjoe Marudo and is part of this years Metro Manila Film Festival which will open in Philippine cinemas nationwide on December 25.
‘In Love We Trust’ premiered at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 after it missed the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the 64th Venice International Film Festival where it was first selected.
Both films are about two married couples who are happy living separate lives until a problem came: former couple’s child is in need of a bone marrow transplant. They need to get the bone marrow from a sibling. Options are either through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or do it the natural way. As the first option failed, they are left with the second option which caused all the conflicts in their respective marriage.
Unless we’d watch the two films, we wouldn’t know the exact similarities aside from the plot which should be a big no-no in the first place. I was once very interested but after learning about the possible (if not yet obvious) copycat, ‘One More Try’ is now more of a Filipino adaptation of the Chinese film for me only without proper credits to the original one. But a good try.
Though, I dont think that would be a hindrance to the film’s box office success considering star-studded cast plus the strong marketing machinery of Star Cinema, ABS-CBN’s film outfit. And with only a few good options at the MMFF 2012, people who want drama will definitely watch ‘One More Try.’ I, for sure will watch it for comparison.
However, its being a feature film part of the annual festival would make one wonder: Is Metro Manila Development Authority really good at handling trashes? Why only a few quality films in MMFF? Thoughts about this?