The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers
Ben (Paolo Contis) is the ultimate #boyfriendgoals. He's cute and utterly devoted to his girlfriend of 13 years, Jen (Alessandra de Rossi). One day, he surprises her with a wedding proposal and, of course, Jen says yes. As if that's not enough, Ben gives her the best gift ever—a trip to Iceland.
But traveling together puts their relationship to the test as they discover just how different they really are from each other.
The Short, Honest Plot
Through Night and Day is a film about love and friendship, and what it takes to make both last.
The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them
Paolo Contis as Ben
Paolo, who got his start in show business as a child actor, was last seen in the GMA teleseryes Sherlock Jr. and Alyas Robin Hood.
Alessandra de Rossi as Jen
Did You Know?
1. At the start of the movie, you will see old photos of Ben and Jen as teenagers and aren't Photoshopped! They're actual photos of Paolo and Alex taken when they were younger. The two talented actors, who both started their showbiz careers in the '90s, worked together in the movies Spirit of the Glass in 2004 and One Night Only in 2008.
2. Through Night and Day is directed by filmmaker and award-winning writer Veronica Velasco who is responsible for movies Single Single: Love is Not Enough with Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli, and Dear Other Self with Jodi Sta. Maria, Joseph Marco, and Xian Lim.
3. Director Veronica Velasco gave Paolo and Alex the freedom to make their characters more realistic. So whatever you see in this movie may actually be based on their real-life experiences.
4. If Iceland is not yet on your travel bucket list, this movie will definitely make you want to go! Paolo and Alex's characters explore the country's many scenic attractions, including epic waterfalls, hot springs, and a spectacular view of the Northern Lights.
What I Think:
TBH, I wasn't really planning on watching this movie. There have been many "indie-feels" movies lately that aren't worth watching, and I thought this would be one of them. The trailer didn't excite me—it was cute and funny, but I just wasn't sure if it would be worth spending P300 for.
Then I started to read comments from people who have seen it and how they thought this movie was better than Alessandra's Kita Kita. And that definitely got me curious.
So let's get that part over with: Is Through Night and Day really better than Kita Kita?
I would have to say no, just because I really can't compare the two movies since both made a big impact on me but in different ways.
For one, I needed more tissue for Through Night and Day. I didn't think I would cry so much but I did! It's a great balance of light-hearted moments, LOL quips, and scenes that will make you weep.
The chemistry between Paolo and Alex wasn't that of a love team but it felt like how a 13-year-old relationship would feel like—cozy, familiar, but definitely imperfect.
I loved how the characters of Ben and Jen were developed in the movie. At some point, you will be annoyed at them and cringe at the situations they find themselves in. But you will also appreciate how real they are and how special their love and friendship are.
Alessandra was her usual brilliant self—raw emotion, mixed with her own brand of funny. But the highlight of this movie for me was Paolo Contis. I'm used to seeing him being the funny guy or being a total jerk as a kontrabida of a teleserye, but here he proves that he is a competent dramatic lead actor as well.
My one complaint about the movie is the title. I wish they came up with a better one!
Overall, this movie is one you shouldn't skip. Don't go into it expecting it to be like Kita Kita. You will appreciate it more if you watch it with fresh eyes and enjoy the story as it unfolds.
What My Friend Thinks:
"I didn't expect it would be this good! The movie's got a lot of heart and it's definitely not your typical rom-com. Paolo Contis needs to make more movies like this! He was exceptional!" —Grace
I Would Recommend It To:
Anyone who wants a travel primer on Iceland and anyone who wants to see an excellent movie that will make you laugh, cry, and love.