Written by Aira Mae Parado
Photos from Viva Entertainment
The highly-anticipated tale of love is finally showing!
Ulan is the newest addition to writer-director Irene Villamor’s blockbuster films such as Meet Me in St. Gallen and Sid and Aya: Not a Love Story.
Set in the early 2000s, Ulan centers on the experiences of a woman named Maya, who has a deep fascination with rain, and the ability to interact with mythical creatures called tikbalang.
When I watched the trailer, I knew that this film would be a treasure. And I couldn’t have been more right! During the premiere night, Ulan drenched the theater in emotions and magic. The film made us laugh out loud one moment, got us teary-eyed the next, and had us all growling in unison.
Like other Irene Villamor films we’ve seen, Ulan will leave you dumbfounded in the end. But it is so much more than that. What makes this film more interesting is its touch of magical realism. You will encounter mythical characters and a lot of symbolism, some that will dawn on you later on.
There are a lot of insights to be taken from Ulan. Many times, you’ll relate to Maya–loving, lonely, and desperately looking for someone to love. But is that all there is to her? There’s much to unravel in this film!
Ulan, in its own magical style, shows us the threshold of true love, and the pain that comes with it. Catch it in Philippine cinemas on March 13 onwards!
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