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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 29, 2010

What Rosario lacks

To those who ask what are our reservations about "Rosario", here's a fuller review of the film. Albert Martinez’ directorial debut , “Rosario”, no doubt rates very high when it comes to its technical aspects, notably its fine cinematography, tasteful production design and splendid musical score. But its story is something difficult to do on the big screen since the title character is an anti-heroine. In the end, Albert’s film fails to answer the vital question: Who is Rosario and why is her life story worth filming? The script fails to get into the core, the nitty gritty of why Rosario behaved the way she did and she doesn’t come out as a sympathetic character.

There are films about flawed women that still manage to get our sympathy, like Laurice Guillen’s “Salome” and Mario O’Hara’s “Sinner or Saint”, where the leads are sinful women but you get the feeling that you understand them. It helped that the actresses who played them, Gina Alajar and the late Claudia Zobel, are both astute enough to know how to interpret them effectively on screen. Too bad for Albert that Jennlyn Mercado does not have the right resources to supply what the script failed to give in the underwritten character of Rosario. She just lacks the fire and the incipient madness the role calls for.

Another factor in the film that's wanting in credibility is the choice of Yul Servo in the role of the hacienda administrator with whom Rosario falls madly in love with. There’s just nothing in Yul that will make you believe that he's irresistible enough to sweep a young balikbayan off her feet. Among our stars today, we think the ones who’d best fit the roles of the flirtatious Rosario and the earthy “katiwala” would be Cristine Reyes and Zanjoe Marudo, basing on their performance in the “Kristine” series which is also about hacienda life. With the casting of the film’s two major roles falling flat, there’s no way the outstanding technical values and more perceptive portrayals of supporting actors Dolphy, Sid Lucero and Dennis Trillo can save the film’s basic shortcomings.