By Lista Macuja
Unlike teenybopper movies, adult romances often come with heavy themes and complex characters. They show that sometimes, not every story has a happy ending. Or that sometimes, happy endings have to be worked so hard for.
Of course, Star Cinema has films that tell exactly these things. Here we list some of its top adult romances in recent years:
“I Love You, Goodbye” (2009)
Sometimes, even when you are showered with love, you still end up wanting something else. That’s the case of Lizelle (Angelica Panganiban) who receives so much love from her husband Adrian (Gabby Concepcion), yet she remains haunted by her past love – photographer Gary (Derek Ramsay). Add to her dilemma is the fact that Adrian’s daughter Ysa (Kim Chiu) loathes her.
Who and what will really make her happy, is something that is entirely up to her.
“A Love Story” (2007)
Finding “The One” doesn’t always come easy. Ian (Aga Muhlach), a real estate businessman, is lucky to have found it in Joanna (Maricel Soriano), a doctor. Yet one day he meets an exciting flight attendant named Karyn (Angelica Panganiban), and he begins to wonder if she’s the right girl for him after all.
The trouble with complications like this is: would you go for another relationship that you think is the right one, or would you work harder to fight for the love that you already have?
“The Mistress” (2012)
There’s a different pain in learning you can’t be with someone because of bad timing and unpleasant circumstances. JD (John Lloyd Cruz) and Sari (Bea Alonzo) seem to be a perfect match. He’s an architect, she’s a seamstress – and they share an undeniable chemistry.
But how can they ever really be together if she happens to be his father’s (Ronaldo Valdez) kept mistress? Pass the tissue please.
“One More Try” (2013)
When relationships end, sometimes it’s not just the two people in it who have to bear with the separation, but the people around them too. Grace (Angel Locsin) and Edward (Dingdong Dantes) probably would not have had to meet again if not for their son who has a rare blood disease.
What makes matters more complicated is that Edward is already married to Jacqueline (Angelica Panganiban), while Grace has a boyfriend, Tristan (Zanjoe Marudo). But for the sake of the child, they have to set their differences and selfish thoughts aside.
“In The Name of Love” (2011)
When we stumble, there is no way to go but up. Even Emman (Aga Muhlach), a former dancer who lost his way, deserves a second chance. He gets that by being a dance instructor of a wealthy political family’s Governor’s Ball. However, that opportunity leads him to seeing again Cedes (Angel Locsin), a part of his past.
It’s a tough choice between wanting to start over with your life and rekindling flames of an old love.
Another film will be added to the adult romance catalog of Star Cinema: Laurice Guillen’s “Once a Princess.” The movie adaptation of the Precious Hearts Romances of the same title tells the story of a girl (Erich) who, because of sudden turn of events, unwittingly breaks the heart of this young guy (Enchong).
Years later, their paths cross again, but things have changed. Will they be able to make things right? Or, will things get worse? What if she already belongs to someone else? Will he be able to forgive her?
Adapted from a Precious Hearts Romances book of the same title, “Once a Princess
” is directed by the acclaimed Laurice Guillen, and co-produced by Star Cinema and Skylight Films.
It will open in theaters August 6.
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