It seems that stories about two female siblings have become favorite subjects of the movies ever since. In Korea’s most successful film to date, The Tale of Two Sisters; the daunting story focuses on siblings Su-Mi and Su-Yeong who both experience paranormal experiences. They went through a lot of tough, painful and scary events that led to insanity and death of some of the characters at the end of the story. The story of the melodramatic My Sister’s Keeper (2009) also revolves around two sisters. It narrates a sad story of Ana, an artificially conceived daughter who was brought into the world by her parents to be a genetic match for her sister who suffers from leukemia in order to keep her alive. In 2005, Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette played the role of two sisters with nothing in common but their shoe size in In Her Shoes, a funny but moving film about sibling relationship.
The concept is also popular in the local movie scene. In Nakagapos na Puso (1986) Sharon Cuneta played Elaine, a submissive sister who lived all her life under the silhouette of her older sister (Lorna Tolentino) who is more assertive, more intelligent and more appreciated. When she realized that she had to fight to live her own life, Elaine threw this unforgettable line: “Oo ate, oo ate, puro na lang oo ate. Daig ko pa ang manikang de susi Iginapos mo na nga ang aking mga paa’t kamay, pati kaluluwa ko iginapos mo na rin”.
Similar type of sibling rivalry occurs in Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin (1995), the Philippine’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film Category in the 70th Academy Awards. This is so far, the most tragic story of two sisters ever produced by the Philippine Cinema. The film focuses on the story of an incestuous neurotic named Jacinta (Maricel Soriano) who struggles for love and attention over her prettier, more intelligent and more loved younger sister Clarita (Snooky Serna). “Ikaw na lang palagi ang maganda, matalino, busog sa papuri. Pati ba naman pagmamahal ni Itay ay gusto mo pang agawin sa akin? Malandi! Haliparot! Inagaw mo ang lahat sa akin. Lahat lahat.” Nothing beats that dialogue.
Most recent additions to the list are Viva Films’ Magkapatid (2002) with Judy Ann Santos and Sharon Cuneta and Posh Productions’ Ate (2008) that featured real life sisters Ara Mina and Cristine Reyes.
On July 21, another tale about two sisters will be shown in the cinemas as Viva Films, Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario and Wen Deramas bring together box office queens Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo in Hating Kapatid. The drama-comedy film talks about a story of inseparable sisters Rica (Judy Ann) and Cecil (Sarah) whose parents flew overseas for work. At the later part of the story, the siblings are faced with trying situations that will test the strength of their relationship.
Since the people behind this movie are also the brainchild of Star Cinema’s Ang Tanging Ina series, everybody is expecting a side-splitting yet touching story from this big project. Not to mention the supporting cast that includes trusted actors like Cherry Pie Picache, Ms. Gina Pareño, Vice Ganda, Luis Manzano, JC de Vera and many more.
Mark your calender so you’ll not miss this big event