Jazz in Love

Jazz in LoveVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.42 (6 ratings)

Genre: Documentary

Writer/Director: Babyruth Villarama

Cast: Ernesto Tigaldao Jr., Theodor Ritkowski

Synopsis: The documentary follows Ernesto “Jazz” Tigaldao, a 22-year-old gay from Davao who’s in love with Theodor Rutkowski, a 56-year-old German national whom he met on Facebook. The two plan to marry, but Jazz has to pass the tough Deutsch-language test to realize his dream wedding and legally stay in Germany. Rutkowski flies to Mindanao to get the blessings of Jazz’s parents.

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Reviews:

5.0         Tito Valiente (Business Mirror)

Jazz in Love—the bounce in the title is not put-on. This documentary about a gay Filipino male in love with his German boyfriend bounces, careens, shimmies, and does a tear or two. What it does not do is go into the predictable sites of the tragic and the comic.” (Read full review)

5.0         Ibarra Mateo (GMA News)

“The documentary is valiant in its unflinching depiction of two ordinary men falling in love; just like with love between heterosexuals, problems and frictions also abound in same-sex love.” (Read full review)

5.0         Carl Papa (Whatever Carl)

“I loooved the fluid and sort of unplanned feel of the documentary.  It’s like watching your friends talk.” (Read capsule review)

4.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Jazz in Love triumphs not in spite, but because, of its simplicity. Villarama understands that her subject matter is already fascinating as it is that there is no need to burden it with superfluous embellishments.” (Read full review)

4.0         Carla Camille Mendoza (Rappler)

“This film is another vibrant voice for the LGBT milieu, around the same time Pope Francis has expressed openness regarding gays. But for the director, love is universal and so this is, all told, a love story before anything else.” (Read full review)

3.5         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Jazz in Love has all the trappings of a perfect love story. Villarama has carefully placed and presented the foundations of her found fairy tale. She has an overly charming lead with a story marked with conflicts and issues that are relevant in a world of constantly shifting norms and migrations.” (Read full review)

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