CarGel Gets Very Real in ‘Exes Baggage’

  • September 26, 2018

Let’s be honest here: a story of exes meeting again after several years isn’t anything new. But there’s something about Dan Villegas’s storytelling that makes Exes Baggage unlike any movie we’ve seen before.

Pia (Angelica Panganiban) and Nix (Carlo Aquino) instantly hit it off after their first meeting. The chemistry was palpable, the comfort almost instant. But after this meeting developed into deep attraction and eventually to a serious relationship, their incontestable differences and unresolved wounds from the past take a toll on their very special connection.

The beauty of Exes Baggage is in its quiet moments. The exceptional storytelling of director Dan Villegas and scriptwriter Dwein Baltazar made us feel like we’re following and witnessing a real love story unfold right before our very eyes.

The film was heavily composed of the two lead stars just talking about anything and everything, from something as mundane as their day jobs to deep unresolved issues of their past loves, which captures the very essence of every relationship. This mumblecore approach made us feel like we’re part of what they have and yes, made us hope for something like that for ourselves as well. So when everything crashed and burned, the audience felt every inch of pain, too. Everything about the movie was subtle, but the emotions it will evoke are the exact opposite.

It’s hard to imagine this movie to work as well as it did with different lead stars. Carlo and Angelica’s chemistry is undeniable, and their performance here just solidified this fact. The pair effortlessly convinced us of the complexities of their characters, and the highs and lows of their relationship.

Exes Baggage has been regarded as a throwback film for fans of the team up of Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino. And a huge chunk of people will probably see the film for that reason alone. But trust us when we tell you that the film turned out to be way more than that.

It’s a technically-exceptional slow burn film about a story that we all know too well: the never-ending story of trying to love again after getting hurt. Falling head first for someone new with the baggage you got from the past flames still on your shoulder, hoping this person is willing to carry it with you.

Exes Baggage is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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