NB: I don’t want to spoil anything but if ever I will, forgive me. This movie is just too much to keep it inside. For the official movie trailer, click here.
I’ve been wanting to watch this movie and finally, I did. The only thing that I wasn’t aware of is the fact that I need a box of tissue beside me while watching it alone (HAHA). I have a feeling that this movie review will be different with my first two reviews. I don’t feel like talking about the cinematography, sound scoring, etc. But I would like to commend the director, Irene Villamor for this movie that is bittersweet yet beautifully made.
Bela Padilla and Carlo Aquino also did a great job for outstandingly portrayed Jesse and Celeste all throughout the movie. They are very versatile artist who portrayed the characters naturally. I’ve been following these two with Isang daang tula para kay Stella for Bela and Bar Boys for Carlo and there portrayal never disappoint me. I’m looking forward to see these two in one movie again.
The movie Meet Me in St. Gallen is spectacular on its own way. I may not be an expert on movies but I love everything about this movie. I don’t know to those who watched it will agree with me, but the rawness makes it beautiful. The feelings of Celeste and Jesse speaks a thousand emotions and just being true to themselves makes it more beautiful. There’s something on this movie that you can’t just pointed out while watching it even if your heart is breaking into pieces (I did. This movie broke my heart into pieces. The feels). The emotions are natural as well as the lines are on-point. Walang nagkulang, walang sumobra. I really appreciate the beauty of this movie because the rawness of the characters made the story more appealing plus the story transition as well as the setting.
Below are my favorite lines from the movie:
“Kaya sorry, hindi puwede. This is not acceptable. Ma’am, I quit. I resign. Mahal ko trabaho ko, pero mas mahal ko ang sarili ko.” – Celeste Francisco
“You can’t believe in something just because it’s there. Kasi kung ganun ‘yun ibig sabihin, convenience lang ‘yun.” – Celeste Francisco
“Compromise is tantamount to sacrifice.” – Celeste Francisco
“Ayoko rin naman ng compromise. Eh, kasi wala rin namang absolute, eh. ‘Yong meron lang, ‘yung nararamdaman ko dun sa sandaling naniniwala ako. ‘Yun lang ang hawak ko. ‘Yun lang.” – Jesse Abaya
“Alam mo ang “what ifs” isa ‘yan sa pinakamahirap na tanong kasi maraming variables, maraming factors unless may parallel universe. Pero isa lang ang puwedeng posible, ang nangyari na.” – Jesse Abaya
“Passion ba ang nawala o napagod lang ako?” – Jesse Abaya
“Magkaiba ang malungkot sa mag-isa. Solitude is different from loneliness.” – Celeste Francisco
“Alam mo ba ang ipinagdasal ko? Ngayon lang kasi umayon ang puso at utak ko at sana tama sila pareho.” – Jesse Abaya
“Tama ka eh, kasi you’re my ideal man. ‘Di ka masisira sa akin. You will always make me smile. …Baka ganito talaga tayo, dumadaan lang. Never to stay. Never to stay.” -Celeste Francisco
I can’t choose one line from the movie that strikes me the most. Kaya nga sinabi ko na everything are on-point. Walang nagkulang, walang sumobra. And the song “You’re my Sunshine” by Moira de la Torre will never be the same again. Lahat ng feels dinala nito eh.
What I learned from this movie is you can’t just let destiny do everything, we also need to take the risk and make a choice. In the last scene, Jesse made a choice and took the risk to follow Celeste in St. Gallen (The place where Celeste wanted to go. Christmas Village, Switzerland) because he believes Celeste is the one for him while Celeste thinks otherwise. Even if Celeste loved Jesse, she still made a choice even if it hurts her. Sabi nga niya, na binago ni Jesse ang buhay niya, kailangan ba baguhin ang buhay niya?
Jesse and Celeste story is one of star-crossed lovers. Tinadhana pero hindi pinagtagpo. Siguro, there love was an epic one but for Celeste, she found the love that is solitude to another man. I think they met for a reason. Parang check point sila sa isa’t-isa but never meant to stay.
Everything goes down whether to make a choice for your own or let destiny and believe. The movie bombarded us with a lot of questions, not just to the movie itself but to our choices in our lives. All I can say is, Meet Me in St. Gallen came just in time for myself.
Above all, it is your love for yourself will lead you to find the solitude kind of love that you deserve.
P.S. I highly recommend this movie whether you’re single, in a relationship, or it’s complicated.