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'A Very Special Love': Modern Fairy Tale
Yes, "A Very Special Love" is one. The kingdom is a business center. Could be Araneta, Ortigas, Greenhills, The Fort, Eastwood or Makati. And the prince is the devastatingly handsome Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and the Cinderella is plain-looking but lovable Laida (Sarah Geronimo).
For it's 15th-year offering, Star Cinema gambles on the untested tandem of Lloydie and Sarah, but the studio and director, Cathy Garcia-Molina, believe they have a winner, judging from the good feedback.
Certainly, young teachers and students (perhaps even old ones), career and office girls can identify with Laida/Sarah when she falls hard for Miggy/Lloydie. Like her, they will join the lineup leading to him. A line in the movie says, "Yan ang lalaking pinipilahan." To which Laida replies, "Di pipila ako." Go right ahead.
Direk Cathy concedes "A Very Special Love" is light material. A simple story of a boy and a girl. But she digs deep into the psyche of Miggy and Laida. "I want to find the answer to the question. "If you love somebody, do you have to ask something in return? Must you expect to be loved back?"
In soaps, Sarah's identified with drama, but in "A Very Special Love" she goes comic and light. Direk Cathy likes to think that Sarah's more suited for comedy.
Lloydie, direk says, is one of the country's finest actors-if not the finest. He has depth and intensity, but he's also at home in light roles, like the modern Prince Charming in "A Very Special Love." Direk Cathy reminds Lloydie, "The test of a true actor is doing similar and ordinary roles differently everytime. That's our task in this movie. How to make his ordinary character you've seen before different from other roles."
Lloydie is last year's box-office king, while Sarah is billed Pop Princess. Viva's building her up to follow in the footsteps of Sharon Cuneta and Regine Velasquez.
Ronald Constantino, Tempo