Four of the country’s most sensual stars Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, and Dindong Dantes topbill’s Star Cinema’s Metro Manila Film Festival’s (MMFF) Entry, the Ruel S. Bayani Film ONE MORE TRY.
The film tackles the story of a loving mother Grace (Angel) who is willing to sacrifice everything to save her ill son Botchok (Miguel Vergara) who was stricken by a rare blood condition. Grace is left with no choice but to reconnect with Botchok’s biological father Edward (Dingdong), now an accomplished man who is married to an equally successful woman Jacqueline (Angelica).
To save the child, Grace who is in a happy relationship with Tristan (Zanjoe) must conceive a child once again with Botchok’s biological father Edward. The situation tainted their happy relationships while the ghosts of the past forgotten starts to creep in once again.
In a situation where a life is at stake, can Grace, Edward, Tristan and Jacquueline sacrifice their personal feelings? In this pursuit, who will eventually win – Jacqueline who will go for a kill to save her faltering marriage with Edward or Grace, the devoted mother who will do anything to save her son even if it means compromising her relationship with the man who truly loves her?
They were however, unanimous in saying that if had they not been selected to do the film their answers to questions like “What would they do if they were in the same situation as the characters that they played in the movie?” – would be different.
The conference were attended by Direk Ruel Bayani and all the major cast of the film minus Dingdong Dantes.
“I was mostly excited, unang-una dahil One More Try is going to be my first MMFF movie as a director,” said Direk Ruel. “It’s an experience for any director na magkuwento ng isang espesyal na materyal na mapapanood ng maraming tao sa panahon ng Pasko. One More Try is the best family movie this festival because it’s a modern family drama na magbibigay inspirasyon, mae-enjoy, at kapupulutan ng aral ng mga tao sa panahon ng Kapaskuhan.
Meanwhile, Angel’s plan to take a short break from doing films failed as soon as she heard about the brave plot of One More Try.
“Actually si Direk Ruel talaga ‘yung reason kung bakit ako nag-yes sa pelikulang ‘to. Never pa kami nagkatrabaho pero nabibisita ko siya sa set niya dati nung nasa GMA pa kami noon at marami nga akong naririnig na magagandang bagay tungkol sa kaniya,” shared Angel, who also worked for the first time with Angelica, Zanjoe, and Dingdong. “Halos lahat ng pelikula siguro maki-claim na ‘bago po ‘tong kuwento namin,’ pero totoo talaga. Hindi siya ‘yung another typical infidelity movie. Iba siya! Pamilya ang sentro ng kwento.”
Like Angel, Angelica was absolutely in awe of the brave and unique story of One More Try.
“Nakaka-challenge siyang gawin lalong-lalo na dun pa lang sa konsepto ng story. I think first time siyang ita-tackle sa pelikula. Parang wala pa kong napanood na pelikula, kahit pa Hollywood, na ganitong klaseng story. Sobrang unique,” she said. “Ngayon lang ako gumawa ng ganito kamature na pelikula na ang role ko ay may asawa at may binubuong pamilya.”
One More Try will not ony feature the first team-up of four of the country’s most talented actors and actresses, it will also highlight the first dramatic role of Zanjoe, who considers his latest Star Cinema film as his biggest project to date.
“Dito makikita ng tao ‘yung pagiging seryoso ko bilang isang artista at sinubok talaga ako ng pelikulang ito kung hanggang saan ang kaya ko,” said Zanjoe. “Halos lahat ng ginagawa ko puro love story na may halong comedy, light lang at dito sa One More Try, kahit konting bakas ng mga ginawa ko dati parang hindi niyo makikita dahil ito ‘yung masasabi kong napaka-serious na character na nagawa ko.”
The impact of One More Try was so strong that even Dingdong learned something from the stories of their characters.
“I think kung gaano kabilis mag-evolve ‘yung movie as a story ganon din siguro kabilis ang magiging impact sa audience dahil nung umpisa sabi adult drama but syempre as we were shooting nung nakikita namin ‘yung dynamics ng pagkakaron ng isang bata eventually it turned out to be more of a family movie than an adult type of movie na alam naman natin na karamihan ng pinalabas this year ay mga ganong tema,” Dingdong shared. “Natutunan ko sa movie namin na minsan kasi may mga choices ka na gagawin na maaaring hindi tama sa nakararami pero para sayo morally, spiritually, maiisip mo na ‘yun ay para sa ikabubuti ng taong mahal mo at gagawin mo ‘yun no matter what.”
Dingdong Dantes was also commended by his co-actors and the female casts of the film as a real gentleman and one of the most pleasant actor that they have ever worked with.
The two Angels of One More Try (Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban), are likely contenders for the Best Actress category of MMFF, when asked about the film’s chances to own the Best Picture Award and win over the Best Actress Award over Superstar Nora Aunor who will be starring in the MMFF entry “Thywomb,” the cast was confident that people will see the beauty of the film and their efforts in making it.
Direk Ruel Bayani also said that this is his best film to date, he even asked his name to be credited on the film’s title which he didn’t do with his previous projects.
“May laban ba ang One More Try sa MMFF? Isang malaking YES! May laban ba ang dalawang Angel ng movie against Nora Aunor for the Best Actress, Yes! May mga ginawa sina Angel at Angelika sa Pelikula na to na wala sa movie ng Superstar. Napakasarap ipagmalaki ang pelikula na ito.” – Direk Ruel said
Aside from the first team-up of Angel, Angelica, Zanjoe and Dingdong, also featured in One More Try are equally talented veteran actors and actresses, Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Edward Mendez and Ms. Gina Pareño.
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