From what I saw on the trailers, I expected to see a normal ‘hugot film’ from I’m Drunk, I Love You. I was even prepared to get hurt. What I saw, however, was more than that. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Directed by JP Habac, I’m Drunk, I Love You shows us the last road trip of two college best friends, Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino) before they graduate. Carson, by the way, has been in love with Dio for seven years. In the salty winds and music-filled beach of La Union, the two has been given the last chance to settle their feeling for each other.
Once I was in the cinema, I was instantly submerged in their story. In the first scene, it was evident that Carson was helplessly in love with the video-camera-toting Dio. Who can blame her, however? Dio is this smart, mysterious, handsome guy you really can’t help falling in love with.
However, it all came to a head when Dio asked Carson to come with him to a music festival in La Union. Carson, like any other person, sought help from her best friend, Jason Ty (Dominic Roco). And so the three of them went on a road trip to La Union.
Surrounded by alcohol, music, and the sea, Carson finally, drunkenly admitted her feelings to Dio. But then Pathy (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), “an old friend”, came into the picture.
Then we find out that Pathy is the girl Dio has been in love with for so long. Ouch.
It was a delight watching the characters interact with one another: the oblivious Dio, the lovestruck Carson, the voice-of-reason best friend Jason, and the Young Star Women of Now Pathy. It didn’t feel like acting, it’s just like real people in this real situation that was just caught on camera. The film portrays the struggles and dilemmas of the characters, especially the three friends, truthfully.
Dio, with all his uncertainty about his life and where he’ll end up after graduation. It resonates with all people who are unsure of their place in the world. Carson, who has been secretly in love with her best friend for too long that she did many stupid and crazy things only for Dio. Jason, who has been Carson’s voice of reason, is not only the source of comedic relief in the film, but also has his own issues about love and relationships.
The role of music
From the start to the end of the film, the scenes were regularly emphasized by songs from local artists, such as Shirebound and Busking, Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, Bullet Dumas, Kai Honasan, Juan Miguel Severo, Autotelic, and many more. The songs were there for a purpose, to make the hurtful scenes hurt more, in a beautiful kind of way.
And since both Dio and Carson are musicians, it just fits that music has a big role in the film, and their lives as well.
In vino, veritas: graduation, bagnet, love, and life
My expectations for the film were both met and broken. It is a hugot film, but it’s also a film about life, friendships, and music. It broke the ‘two-best-friends-are-in-love-with-each-other’ trope, because at the end of the day, that is not always the case. If the person doesn’t love you back, even when you’re pretty or loved him for seven years, you can’t do anything about it.
Also, that Latin statement was true for the film: in wine, truth. The protagonists’ truths–Carson’s admission, Dio’s uncertainties–were said while they’re drunk. Which is nice because it stuck to the film’s title. I also liked the double meaning of Carson’s graduation. Her graduation from school after seven long years of college, and her graduate from her feelings for Dio.
One takeaway I got: that universal statement that life goes on no matter what. Another one: When your heart is broken, sometimes all you can do is a) cry it all out, b) drink until you can’t feel your face, c) eat bagnet on the beach, or d) all of the above.
I’m Drunk, I Love You is a film that will make you laugh, cry, fall in love, and think and think and think. Definitely, you’ll want to watch it again.
Okay, I’m out. I want a drink and some Butterball.