Religiously adapted from the one-act stage play by Tony Perez, Tom Adrales' insufficiently premeditated scenario unwittingly draws questions concerning the plausibility of its dramatic circumstances. Didn't Adrian ever wonder why his father barely spent nights with them? If he did, what reason could his mother have possibly held up to him for so long? Could it have really taken Mameng almost two decades to finally chance upon her husband's infidelity? De los Reyes' treatment of Adrales' shortsighted screenplay likewise presents an indiscriminate transposition of stage and screen techniques. The recurring appearance of the mysterious lady in black with a dead white pigeon hanging from her waistband, presumably intended as an ominous symbol is laughable in its theatricality. De los Reyes obviously wills rather than wields Gabun's mistakenly intrinsic gravity as a tragedy. The performances, particularly those of Rodriguez and Sandico are overly deliberate and purposeful even during easy or intimate moments, in this, they are abetted by Adrales' cumbersome dialogue. The film's sense of self-importance is such that its two normal teenagers are incapable of sporting casual nicknames, but must instead repeatedly address each other with undue formality. De los Reyes is sensitive not to the inherent possibility of his widely diverse material but rather to the stereotypes which reflects influence of the prevailing narrow-minded outlook towards a medium which more than any other, may take on the complexities of life itself.
Directed By: Maryo J. de los Reyes
Based On The One-Act Play By: Tony Perez
Screenplay By: Tom Adrales
Director Of Photography: Joe Batac, Jr.
Musical Director: Idan Cortez
Film Editor: Edgardo "Boy" Vinarao
Production Design: Fiel Zabat
Produced By: Agrix Films Production, Inc.
Release Date: September 7, 1979