2016, Buhay Habangbuhay, CineFilipino, comedy, death, drama, film review, independent film, indie film, iza calzado, Jake Macapagal, Meryll Soriano, Movie review, Nhikzy Calma, philippines, romance
By Heinrich Domingo
While Philippine films have this unfounded addiction on weddings (see Straight to the Heart), we limit the discussion of death on horror stories. Buhay Habangbuhay offered an alternative depiction of death and the afterlife and suggested that they are capable of broadening the discussion of love, relationship, and life. Despite disappointing visual effects, this film appeals to the crowd for being new and refreshing. It is effective in offering a breath of fresh air in a genre that offers only two possibilities – horrific or comedic.