I think it was Tony who said that there’s something mesmerizing about watching two men dance together and that you’d forget the background dialogue. Well, watching Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa this past long weekend, I knew exactly what he meant. Paulo Avelino is cute and Rocco Nacino is handsome, and seeing them dance the tango set to beautiful background music was definitely a sight to behold.
While Sayaw isn't perfect (a cotillion scene in the middle was unnecessarily awkward, for example), the movie was undeniably beautiful. The first part of the film was a masterpiece in melding poetry, music, and dance into one of the best montages I’ve seen this year. And the subtle drama expressed in body language and facial expressions were a welcome break from all the stupid melodrama the mainstream movie industry has been producing.
And while this Cinemalaya award-winning entry is not an all-out gay indie film, having some of the least in-your-face homosexual themes, I wish local gay indie film producers would take a lesson or two from Sayaw on how to make quality independent movies. While showing skin is expected in order to appeal to the prurient side of the gay audience, cinematography, plot, technicals, and acting are all equally important. If I wanted to see some skin without all of those cinematic niceties, I’d rather get it free on the Internet rather than going out and wasting 180 pesos to watch some crap in a cinema.
Sayaw is such a nice film that it actually makes me angry to learn that some big bully of a local movie studio is using its influence in the local cinemas to shut Sayaw out of its commercial run in favor of its own movie. (Sounds familiar?) Sayaw was supposed to have a week-long schedule of screenings in several theaters but was cut short. Thanks to the negotiations of the producer, Ayala Cinemas relented and granted 2 screenings of Sayaw per day until November 1: one at 11pm in Glorietta 4 and the other at 11pm in TriNoma. That’s the only reason why I was able to watch this movie at all.
Did you enjoy this movie as much as I did? Say so in the comments!