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Here and There

Dito at Doon

Director: JP HABAC

2021|Philippines|100min|Language: Filipino|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/9 Tue 12:00 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/13 Sat 12:20 Cine Libre Umeda 4
Here and There (Dito at Doon)
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As Covid-19 swept the globe, governments reacted by imposing lockdowns and restricting people’s movements to curb the spread. One thing that kept everybody connected was the internet. This applies to Len (Janine GUTIERREZ) and Caloy (JC SANTOS), two people living in Manila who wouldn’t ordinarily meet if not for the pandemic. She is a political science major nursing a lonely heart while Caloy is part-time student working a delivery driver supporting his family who live far away in Cebu. After clashing over a social media post, they meet at an online drinking session organised by Len's friends and from this chance encounter a beautiful friendship blossoms as they quickly bond over their shared frustrations and life stories. Despite being separated by a screen, the two become close, and Len entertains the possibility of romance…

“Here and There” uses the Covid-19 pandemic to frame a sweet and believable take on how people interact through ubiquitous SNS services. Seeing the characters get close as they constantly text each other and hang out via video calls has an air of authenticity made all the more compelling by the chemistry from the cast.

[Jason MAHER]


Director JP HABAC