With 12 nominations including winning the Gender Sensitivity award at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival awards night, The Boy Foretold by the Stars, the product of the collaboration between the The Dolly Collection, Brainstormers Lab, and Clever Minds, Inc. (which included producer Jodi Sta. Maria) has definitely paid off and here’s our top five reasons it should be on your must-watch list for 2020’s MMFF lineup.
1. Everyone can relate to this story
Despite this being pegged as being under the Boys Love (BL) genre, the story of high school students Dominic and Luke rings through for anyone and everyone who has experienced the what it feels to love someone for the very first time.
2. It is heartwarming and uplifting to watch
Everyone knows the challenges of going through high school. To even get through the day to day schedule and extracurricular commitments is tiring enough, but to learn how to navigate a whole new set of emotions can certainly be a journey of discovery, no matter what your sexual orientation is. But instead of causing conflict, the lead characters in Boy Foretold by the Stars bring us on an even-paced, gentle ride as they ease their way into what roles they want to play in society and with each other.
3. Director Dolly Dulu does not disappoint
Writer and director Dolly Dulu may have served up everything we can expect in a romantic coming-of-age story through this film, but it does all that and more with an engaging cast of supporting characters, a backdrop that will make you miss your old alma mater, and two unlikely lead stars which will have you rooting for them until the end.
4. Lead stars Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson are surprisingly “kilig”
Although they are both experienced when it comes to being in front of the camera, Adrian and Keann give both their characters a believable innocence and rawness that make you want to see them go on their journey of true love, regardless of whether it is with each other or not. Even their most “kilig” scenes are not forced, but rather dealt with the right amount of restraint that makes it all the more lovingly sincere onscreen.
5. Love wins, when you find the right person
Far from being a fairytale love, The Boy Foretold by the Stars has many emotionally painful and sensitive moments, the blow often softened by director Dulu’s lighthearted script. To an inexperienced teen, nothing can be more painful than to not be chosen by your first love, but sometimes things turn out all for the best when you least expect it to happen.
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