A movie about two people in love always has its audience. Majority of the viewers, if not all, most likely hope for a happy ending, but it’s really how the story unfolds and the roller coaster ride of emotions that create an impact. In the newest VIVA Films presentation, that push and pull of feelings is one of the things you can expect, and more.
“12” tells the story of Anton and Erika, a couple who started out as friends for 5 years then became in a relationship for 7 years, making it a total of 12 years of being together. Anton is a commercial director, while Erika is a former band member who becomes his stay-at-home partner, lovingly and happily devoting her time taking care of her man. Finally, the day comes when he asks her to marry him…l will they end up getting married and stay together forever?
Fresh from the tremendous success of “Kita Kita”, Alessandra de Rossi plays the role of Erika with complete abandon, just like she is known to do in every performance. This film is an assurance that this award-winning actress really loves her craft despite her statement before about wanting to quit showbiz, which hopefully will not be anytime soon.
Playing Anton is newcomer Ivan Padilla who was seen as Hunter, Bela Padilla’s boyfriend in “100 Tula Para Kay Stella”, another blockbuster hit from VIVA films. Ivan is related to the famous Padilla actors, but he’s excited to show everyone in the Philippines that he deserves to be recognized for his own talent in acting. Just like Alessandra, he asserts that he has really put his heart and soul in playing his character.
In an interview, Ivan revealed that he won an award in a film festival. He acquired acting experiences in American TV shows, like “Dexter”, and “CSI: Miami”, “CSI: New York”, and “The Closer”, among others, and Hollywood movies like “Here Comes the Boom”, with Salma Hayek. He is also adept in martial arts, particularly Jiu-Jitsu.
The chemistry between Alessandra an Ivan is something to look forward to in this romantic drama that is surely relatable to couples of today.