‘Barcelona: A Love Untold’ Movie Review

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The movie follows the story of Ely (Daniel Padilla), a young man who can’t get over Celine, his past love. He then meets Mia (Kathryn Bernardo), a young woman who escaped from a painful past in the Philippines and is trying her luck to rebuild her life in Spain. (Wikipedia)

That is pretty simple for a plot, isn’t it? No. This is more than the usual KathNiel movie premise but I won’t expect everyone to agree (*cough* Rappler *cough* FashionPulis *cough*).

As I was watching the movie, I was thinking of what could be the perfect group of audience for a movie such as this and I was quite sure to conclude that this is very much directed to my age, the early twenties, who are struggling with their identities, in a constant war with what they want and what people around them want, those who feel guilt from mistakes of the past, and lastly, and sadly, those who contemplates destruction of their own lives. People can’t see that. People can’t comprehend the magnitude of how young adults can sometimes suffer from mental exhaustion.

We are in an ecotone. Thanks, Benjamin Alire Saenz. We are trapped in a stage where we are already adults but struggle to get away from how life was when we were teens. The transition is a battle we all have to confront whether we like it or not and so here enters the tendencies to break down, to entertain ideas of death, the wrong decisions, wrong choices.

I think that that’s what this movie is trying to tell us. The parents, the adults, they put so much pressure on their kids that these kids tend to cease from spending their lives the way they want it to spend.

Some are strong enough to handle it, say Ely (Daniel Padilla). But is he, really? He has monsters living inside him that he can’t let go off. They sleep with him at night.

People think that this kind of problems is petty.

Then there is Mia (Kathryn Bernardo) who is ridden with guilt, decisive on making a turn around from her previous choices in life, trying to validate herself to her parents by going to Barcelona for work but still was not tough enough, still lacking to handle life’s hard truths.

I don’t know if those who watched the movie saw all of that. I did so I had tears in my eyes at some points. Love of family and friends – those I am vulnerable of. I probably got that from reading too much books.

I enjoyed this movie, no way denying it. I think it was well-thought.


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