SonataVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.94 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Directors: Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes

Writer: Wanggo Gallaga

Cast: Cherie Gil, Carlo Jalandoni, Chart Motus, Joshua Pineda, Richard Gomez

Synopsis: The film concerns Regina Cadena (Cherie Gil), a former opera diva who fell into a deep funk following the loss of her voice and the subsequent collapse of her career. She returns to her family home, where she spends her days drinking and generally partaking in self-destructive behavior. Jonjon (Carlo Jalandoni), the son of her secretary, is staying over with his mother at the Cadena Hacienda. The precocious kid decides to try and be kind to the singer, and slowly, he helps bring back her smile. (Click the CIty)

MTRCB Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 110 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Tito Valiente (Business Mirror)

“The film is sheer magic. The film must be one of the rarest in Filipino film traditions that employs predictability, but, in the end, pleasantly surprises and shocks everyone with a piece that not only makes everyone feel good, but reminds once and for all that cinema is also about joy as it is about pain and darkness.” (Read full review)

5.0         Marra PL. Lanot (The Philippine Star)

Sonata… does all Filipinos proud. It gives this strong feel of Negros Occidental. It is all feeling without being mushy. It throbs with heart and soul. It is a voyage of remembering and moving on. It is one beautiful song to remember.” (Read full review)

4.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The sublime Cherie is superb as her character shuttles between a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown and her weak grip on lucidity—but, her friendship with Jonjon and his teenage friend, Ping (the note-worthy Joshua Pineda), soon nurses her back to sanity! Their raw and riveting portrayals are the film’s antidote against its occasional melodramatic excesses.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The role of Regina is a demanding acting piece and Cherie Gil is impressive from beginning to end. Best actress is written all over her awesome performance.” (Read full review)

3.5         Rianne Hill Soriano (Business World)

“The narrative is not without flaws, but the maturity of the filmmakers’ artistry ultimately makes sense of the story’s inexplicable music about love and mortality.” (Read full review)

3.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Sonata is excellent up until that problematic final act that resorts to unnecessary emotional manipulation. The film, predictable as it is, is still able to charm viewers mainly because of the easy camaraderie between the burnt-out diva (the excellent Cherie Gil, in the role of her life) and the young boy, as well as the meticulous visual and aural techniques employed by Gallaga and Reyes.”

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Cherie Gil was marvelous in her take of Margo Channing meets Norma Desmond. The parts where she’s talking about all the previous operas she starred was a hoot. It could have been an easy way out for an actress of her caliber to phone it in, but she refused to take that route, and instead give a satisfying and effective performance.” (Read full review)

3.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film seems to feel a little insecure about the lack of drama, and manufactures an excess of it in its last few minutes. It’s a miscalculation that cheapens much of what happened prior, which despite a few technical hiccups, was mostly fine.” (Read full review)