If you’ve been waiting to see a local film lately which could give you a good laugh and at the same time could melt your heart, Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) comes in just right in time for you. Spring Films, along with Director Joyce Bernal, Eugene Domingo, Chris Martinez and everybody behind Kimmy Dora has successfully coalesced heart and humor into one side-splitting yet moving film of the year.
Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) is a story of twin sisters Kimmy and Dora Go Dong Hae (Eugene Domingo in a dual role) who have extremely contradicting personality. Kimmy is the smarter sister which runs and bosses their enormous chain of businesses and lives in a swanky kind of lifestyle. Dora on the other hand is dumb but has a good heart which brings her closer to other people. Conflict starts to rise when both bump into an attractive man played by Dingdong Dantes.
Eugene Domingo,taking her first lead role has proven everybody that she deserves this big break in her career. She has shown an unbelievably unmatched acting range in this film as she plays a dual role. It reminds me of Maricel Soriano in Maria Went to Town in 1988. Playing exceptionally opposing characters in a single film effortlessly deserves a best actress plum. While playing two exceptionally contradicting characters in a single film and at the same time having one pretend to be the other one and vice versa (confused?) warrants a grand-slam award.
The rest of the cast provided acting performances that range from fair to outstanding. Though most of them are non-comedians, humor came out naturally and funny scenes did not appear overacted. For the most part of this, the credit should go to Binibining Joyce Bernal who helmed the filmmaking and Chris Martinez who conceptualized the script. Both were able to bring out the funny sides in them. For me, this is Bernal’s best comedy film to date. No more crappy flicks like Booba please.
Despite the flaws in the technical aspect which is of course justifiable with a budget a little less than that of a typical mainstream movie, Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) sets a milestone in the local film industry which is being swamped with nonsense and clichéd comedy flicks recently. So grab a friend and give yourselves a funny and a heartwarming movie treat this September.
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