Many parents are indifferent of their children's angsts. A daunting drama for the whole family is in Star Cinema's The Trial starring John Lloyd Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Enrique Gil, Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto. The bloggers conference held at Star Cinema office earlier revealed those questions asked by the creators of the film especially Kriz Gazmen and award-winning director Chito Rono with Jessy Mendiola. Kriz Gazmen with Direk Enrico Santos thought of a mentally-challenged student who raped his teacher and got the nods of the network when pitched. When I asked all of them what particular line or scene was most unforgettable, they've all agreed on the lines of Mam Bessy the teacher (played by Jessy Mendiola) - "Ang mundong ito ay hindi para sa atin. Para ito sa matatalino, may pinag-aralan....."
I was moved by the emotions exuded by Kriz and Direk Chito when they mentioned those lines and since I'm also a teacher, I did not hesitate to go to the movies right after. The Trial also starring Sylvia Sanchez, Vince De Jesus Jr., Vivian Velez, Benjamin Alvez, Isay Alvarez, Joy Viado, Mon Confiado, Nico Antonio, Gee Canlas, and Luis Manansala played significant roles that created another Star Cinema's masterpiece on its 20th anniversary. Direk Chito Rono shared how riveting the scenes had become since its first work in progress with Direk Ricky Lee. I'd have to say the blogcon had driven me more to head to the movies right away and I got more than what I paid for leaving the cinema.
From the beginning to end, I focused on the character of Ronald Jimenez (John Lloyd Cruz) reflecting on student acquaintances at school with similar developmentally-delayed conditions. I remembered how these unassuming, innocent yet thoughtful kids greet me every single day in school and thought how it was possible to actually be in Ms. Bessy (Jessy Mendiola)'s situation until Martin (Enrique Gil) surfaced. Because of Martin, I was completely drawn to the character of Amanda Bien (Gretchen Barreto) and I've suddenly remembered how many Martins we have in school. There were more Martins than Ronalds and somehow the Ronalds were always misunderstood and bullied. At each pant in each dramatic scene, I thought of too many parents unknowingly creating bullies and dysfunctional youth today growing heartless and ruthless. I thought of my own son and I thought of how we have all been doing what's right. It is indeed better to be kind than to be right. I've met so many Ronalds but there were more Martins that need be heard. Have we all been selfish as parents? Watch and be touched with Star Cinema's gripping heavy drama masterpiece, The Trial now showing at all cinemas nationwide. For more information, please visit www.starcinema.com.ph, like their official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/StarCinema and follow @starcinema on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.