I was not expecting Ayala Malls to show Digital Indie films there but I somehow appreciate the effort of having a cinema slot dedicated to the Cinema One Originals. It would have been nice to see at least two cinemas allotted for this event. I watched the movie with Sha at Glorietta 4. Of course, we have no choice but to watch the film Prinsesa. The film is directed by Lawrence Fajardo and its main cast of characters are Romnick Sarmenta, Shamaine Buencamino, Archie Adamos, Katrina “Hopia” Legaspi and Christa Joi Reyes.

Here’s the overview of the story via the Cinema One website:

How does a child cope with being parentless? Princess’ mother dies giving birth to her twin. Her father, Mar, gets a job overseas. Her aunt, Marie, cannot fill the void left by her parents.

Prinsesa is the first Filipino film to delve into the psychology of obesity. Fat people have always been portrayed as objects of ridicule in Filipino movies, but what of the circumstances surrounding the issue? Prinsesa regards obesity in a new light, connecting it to the Pinoy diaspora, the separation of parents from their children, and the mechanisms of overcompensation. How can you be a good parent when you’re thousands of miles away from your children? What’s it like to grow up as children of overseas Filipino workers?

The film has actually highlighted more about what it is like to grow up as a son or a daughter of an overseas Filipino worker. The issue of obesity was shown there but it did not make me realize that the film is actually tackling about it until I was able to read the overview.

Of course, I cannot really relate to Princess’ experience of her having separated from your parent as an OFW. However, I think that this is a movie that is worth watching for everyone since there could be a message from this film that would definitely hit you.

Casting: 2.5 out of 5
Princess’ obviously fake body mass: 5 out of 5
Overall rating: 3 out of 5

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