Seven Sundays is the story about an ailing father who wants nothing more than to bring his family together again. But more than the drama, the movie also gives insight on human emotions that goes beyond what you see on the screen.
1. You don't have to stop missing someone just because they are gone.
In Seven Sundays, there is a cast member whose presence is almost never seen but always felt. The death of the Bonifacio matriarch left everyone in the family feeling lost, but her presence remains in their hearts forever. Anyone who has ever lost someone dear to them will relate to patriarch Manuel Bonifacio (played by Ronaldo Valdez) when he visits his wife’s grave and chats with her about family matters as if they were on a date. Manuel teaches us that it's okay hold on to those we love and move on when it comes to other parts of our lives.
2. Never lose faith in family.
When Enrique Gil's character gets involved in a scam that has people hunting him down for money, his first refuge was his friends because he didn't feel close enough to his family. His age gap with his siblings made him feel out of place but despite that hurdle, they were the ones to support him unconditionally with the challenges in his life.
3. Love can be unconditional.
With his wife gone, Manuel had nothing to live for except his family, mainly his four adult children A, B, C, and D. But even when they were too busy to spend time with him, he never faltered in showing his unconditional love for them.
4. Death can bring people closer.
When Manuel's children find out about their father’s illness, they band together to give him the last seven unforgettable Sundays of his life. Before the diagnosis, they could not be bothered to see him even on his birthday. Death put things in perspective about how limited life can be and how precious time spent with our loved ones really are.
5. You don't have to be the same to get along and love each other.
The Bonifacio siblings (played by Aga Muhlach, Dingdong Dantes, Cristine Reyes, and Enrique Gil) had personalities different as night and day. Even though it brought them conflicts and misunderstandings at the beginning, they eventually learned that through their love for their father they were all similar in a big way as well. In the end, they learned that it's not about background, career, or money that truly matters but how you chose to live and value your family.