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‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’: A Love Between a Living and a Ghost

The idea of having a love triangle in a romantic-drama is not new anymore, but having one character as someone who hasn’t crossed over yet to the other side is already novel in itself.

Love is supposed to be without any restrain or limitation, but that’s not the case with Gabby, Gabriel, and Dennis.

Lovi Poe, Tony Labrusca, and Marco Gumabao portray the three lead characters, respectively.

The film Hindi Tayo Pwede is Joel Lamangan latest direction (for Viva Films), and Ricky Lee is the man behind the imagination of two men (Labrusca and Gumabao) fighting for their love over one woman.

The idea of having a love triangle in a romantic-drama is not new anymore, but having one character as someone who hasn’t crossed over yet to the other side is already novel in itself.

Gabby and Gabriel [still] live together and love each other even after the latter’s death. Meanwhile, Gabby’s male best friend Dennis thinks the right time has come for him to profess his true feelings toward the former. Little did he know, a ghost in the past is standing in his way.

Lee’s story is interesting and talks about a man with unfinished business before his death.  Gabriel’s fiancée can’t [also] let go of his memory.

My only misgiving in the film is the inconsistencies of Gabriel’s character. After the director has established the reality that he’s already a ghost then, he can easily pass through any solid matter. How come Gabby has to open the car door for him in alighting a vehicle? Was that a problem in editing?

The lovemaking between Gabby and Gabriel so as Gabby and Dennis; there was an attempt to make it cinematic. Yet, there were certain angles in the love scenes that were ‘too gayish’ as if Gabby is more dominant over her male sexual partners. There was a struggle to find the distinction between Gabby’s two-bed partners–Gabriel and Dennis. Was the scene with Gabriel and Dennis a reflection of how passionate she can be with her sex partners?

It’s clear that the three irresistible actors are the come-ons. Nothing wrong about that. After all, sex still sells. Who can’t resist the charms of the two young actors–Labrusca and Gumabao? Poe also had her moments in both being a goddess onscreen and being an actress.

Lee’s script is brilliant, but the translation of the written form into a film lacked certain sympathy toward Gabriel’s character as a ghost. Moviegoers would usually rally behind Dennis as the rightful partner of Gabby after Gabriel.



The film lacked sympathy for both male characters who were trying to win over Gabby’s heart, no matter what. People would easily choose Dennis, the living [for Gabby] as opposed to Gabriel, who’s a ghost.

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