BOTH Paolo Contis and Alessandra de Rossi give very relaxed but very heartfelt performances in “Through Night & Day”, the first local movie we’ve enjoyed after “Exes Baggage”. Both flicks are well acted romances but we were not able to guess where “Through Night & Day” was going. It starts as a romcom then forays into something else.
Alex is Jen and Paolo is Ben. They’re neighbors in Baguio who have been on for 13 years. Ben finally proposes to Jen and as a gift, takes her to her favorite country, Iceland. While there, they start bickering over some petty things that escalate because of what seems to be Jen’s unexpected behavior.
When they return to Baguio, the story takes a 360 degree turn from something light to something dark and, of course, we’re not at liberty to reveal what it’s all about and spoil it all for you. Some of the scenes that follow are unabashed tearjerkers, so please bring a hanky with you because the solid and touching acting of the two leads makes the schmaltzy, weirdly morbid turn of events all the more very affecting. Paolo Contis is better looking and definitely a better actor than most romantic leading men we have now. We hope this film really opens new doors for him as he most certainly deserves to play lead and not just villain or comic roles.
The jaw dropping beauty of Iceland is displayed to advantage in the movie, like the Aurora Borealis, the Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls and the Geysir geothermal geyser that are all magnificent. But they’re more just like icing on the cake because what the movie really offers is the weepy potboiler romance between the star-crossed lovers. You have to be in the right mood to enjoy films like this. Or may they help put you in the right mood to feel love and all its aches and pains all over again. It moved us in a way that other similarly themed flicks like “Kita-Kita” and “First Love” failed to do. See it right away!!!!