4 Local Indie Films For When You're Bored Of Happy Endings

Nov 27, 2021 0 comments



As the rush of the nearing holiday season kicks in, you may find yourself inclined to take more frequent mental breaks. The regulations imposed by the government and the ballooning number of cases are restrictive, but should you need to go on a vacation, these Netflix movies can virtually take you on one!


Though not all of them end on a joyful note, take your time basking in picturesque locations through every frame. Reminisce on the memories you have of these places or discover new parts of the world. With or without company, all four Filipino flicks on the list will reignite the wanderlust in you. Bon voyage!


1. That Thing Called Tadhana


That Thing Called Tadhana follows Mace after she finds out that her long-time Rome-based boyfriend has been cheating on her and meets Anthony at the airport. Though she starts out cold and closed-off from the idea that she will ever get over her heartbreak, the pair warms up to each other during their spontaneous adventures in the populous streets of Baguio and chilly Sagada mountains.


Step inside BenCab, walk with them on Session Road, and feel like you’re on top of the world as they trek to Kiltepan Viewpoint. The film seeks to answer “where do broken hearts go?” But even if you’re not going through a break up, you may find yourself adding Benguet to your travel list because of the film’s scenic shots. 


2. Kita Kita 


Do you believe that love is blind? Let Kita Kita redefine what it means to see past someone’s facade for one to realize a person’s innate goodness. While suffering from a tragic incident, Lea experiences the city through a different lens with Tonyo’s guidance. Set in Sapporo, Japan, you will definitely have your eyes wide open to catch glimpses of the city’s lush scenery and zen architecture.


Fall in love with the characters’ quiet neighborhood that will make you daydream about it for days. The film also emanates the serendipitous feeling of finding a piece of home by connecting with a kababayan abroad. Prepare a box of tissue because the plot’s execution and cinematographic techniques are good enough to hurt you badly. 


3. I’m Drunk, I Love You


If you miss road trips and nights out with your barkada, I’m Drunk, I Love You will bring you back to your collegiate days. Carson has been secretly in love with her best friend Dio for as long as they have been delayed in receiving their diploma – seven years. A few days before their final march, they both drive up to La Union accompanied by their willing and blunt third wheeler, Jason Ty.


Albeit a rom-com, nostalgia will leave a bittersweet taste on the millennial viewer’s palate with scenes of the shore, lightly illuminated by the sun, and countless bottles of alcohol. Why wouldn’t it, when they probably spent their youth the same way? The film does not leave out the magic of being in LU, where one can easily pass up on sleep to savor each moment with a group of friends, hear the island’s sounds, and crunch on none other than bagnet! Beach, booze, and a boy you’re helplessly head over heels for. Oh to be 21...


4. Through Night and Day


The northern lights are one of the most fascinating and beautiful phenomena that only nature can give us. While you may not be able to book a trip to Iceland any time soon, Jen and Ben’s prenup vacation transports viewers to the country’s serene spots and landscapes that look like they are straight out of a painting. People say that you’ll only truly know your significant other once you live under one roof.


Through Night and Day scratches the claim’s surface as it unravels the nuances that both Jen and Ben missed about each other before they embarked on their journey. Excite your senses with geysers that shoot up to the sky. Imagine dipping into the hot Blue Lagoon in freezing temperatures. And lose yourself in awe with the emerald light show that is the aurora borealis. 


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━━ Written By Melissa Tan 


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