There’s something about lottery that keeps Filipinos coming back. Sa “A Lotto Like Love,” there’s something new to bet on: romance at patawa. Tara’t panoorin ang tuwang hatid ng pelikulang may chemistry na, may swerte pa.
SYNOPSIS: Kayela (Isabelle de Leon) and Itot (Martin Escudero) meet in a lotto outlet and end up mixing their numbers and, eventually, fate. They go on a journey to find the missing ticket and get something more in the process.
DIRECTOR: Carla Baful
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
Kayela is a direct-selling agent who has very high hopes for her life but makes very questionable choices. She even had to get Itot to pay for her lotto ticket after stealing half of his numbers. All these on the first day they met. Conflict after conflict left the two into a road trip of fun and disaster.
While we have seen the narrative of forced romance to claim a prize play out in movies abroad, “A Lotto Like Love” adds a Pinoy flavor by using the local lottery. Nakakagana panoorin ang progression ng story using the winning lotto numbers as transition. The numbers also helped the audience understand the characters’ motivations.
Marami sa mga twists and turns sa pelikula ay nakita na natin sa iba, pero ang pinakabago ay ang tambalan nina Isabelle and Martin, na napabalitang hindi dumaan sa screen test. Well, fate must have something big planned for the film because this is the type of chemistry na papatok sa romcom viewers, ‘yung tipong hitik sa pakilig at pabitin. Would you believe that that’s the girl from Daddy Di Do Du and Magnifico partnered with the guy from Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington?
Isa sa aabangan ay ang nakakatuwang paggamit ng tila bagong musika para lalong pakiligin ang manonood. That song is quite catchy and might even make its mark in the airwaves. Costume design and makeup were pretty spot-on and consistent to the characters. Disappointing lang how, up to this day, our movies still stick to the nakasampay na towel trope to denote the working class. The archetype might be too lousy and lazy for a movie where selfies, the Internet, and social media influence were used to connect with the audience.
If I were to add something to this movie, it’s the depiction of lotto in our culture. Lotto is more than just falling in a long line to try to win millions. For Pinoys, it’s a way of life that’s etched into our desire to be brought up from a life of poverty and misfortune. Kung sana mas nahalungkat pa nang malalim ang role ng lotto sa buhay ng Pinoy outside of Kayela and Itot, mas mainam.
The ending can be quite a ride for many as it remains positive to keep people’s hopes up amidst trials in life and love. So, yes, what this movie tells us is to bet on it, be it love or lotto, and you might just end up with something life-changing.