MMFF New Wave finalist sheds light on mental disorder
THE full-length independent feature Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) defines the psychological condition that is schizophrenia through the excellent performance of Agot Isidro.
“I accepted the role because Irene’s character is a very challenging role to portray. Of course the story is also very interesting and insightful, and the film has an important message to convey,” shared the actress at the official screening of the of movie, which is one of the finalists in the New Wave category of the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival.
According to Anino’s director Alvin Yapan, who also wrote the script, his aim in the movie is to dispel the common depiction of schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by impaired emotional responses.
Surprisingly, Yapan explained that he did not rely on melodrama as a way to depict the disease, nor did he focus on the challenges that a family with a schizophrenic patient goes through. Instead, he chose to use a direct and up-front approach, and shows how the process of love can bring a family together in the face of the condition.
The story starts with Ed (TJ Trinidad) leaving his family to work abroad as a caregiver. Even with the income of his wife Irene who is a nurse, they needed more money to support the needs of the family. Irene and their son seven-year-old son Brian (Carl Acosta) are left with Ed’s mother Flor (Galang Fernandez) and younger brother Carlo (Carlo Cruz).
When a burglary takes place in the family home, Irene becomes insecure without Ed by her side, triggering her schizophrenia. She becomes paranoid, believing that the military is closely monitoring them based on her experiences with her own mother during the Martial Law Era.
“The story will make you think, ‘Is schizophrenia so debilitating that it can actually destroy the love between a husband and wife?’” Yapan posed the movie’s question.
“Ultimately, it’s a story of hope—that while there is no universal cure for schizophrenia, it’s something that can be managed. And as the family journeys together, relationships are strengthened, understanding and compassion is heightened, and love for one another triumphs.”
Mga Anino ng Kahapon is co-produced by Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson (Philippines) Inc.