Suspiciously plotless but super relatable, Camp Sawi doesn’t pretend to be something other than what real-life moving on feels like. Disjointed, random, interspersed by momentary breakdowns and bouts of alcoholism, and then by feelings of empathy, camaraderie, and relief.
SYNOPSIS: Hindi Chinese si Bridgette. Kaya isang araw nakita na lang n’ya ang boyfriend n’ya of ten years going out with another girl, leaving her in the dust. In a haze of post-breakup solo drinking session, magsa-sign up s’ya for Camp Sawi, where she meets other girls who are there to move on from a past relationship, with the help of activities, and the attractive camp master.
DIRECTOR: Irene Villamor
CAST: Bela Padilla | Yassi Pressman | Arci Muñoz | Andi Eigenmann | Kim Molina | Sam Milby
SCREENPLAY: Irene Villamor
Mapapa-sign up si Bridgette (Bela Padilla) sa Camp Sawi matapos malaman na hindi na s’ya mababalikan ng boyfriend n’ya dahil hindi sila pwedeng magpakasal, even after being together for ten years. Sa Camp Sawi, una n’yang makikilala si Jessica (Yassi Pressman), na nakipag-break sa boyfriend dahil nalaman n’yang may ginagawa ito with another guy behind her back. Ayaw ni Bridgette na lumalabas-labas from her room, pero eventually she gets to meet the camp master (Sam Milby), who later triggers the jealousy of Gwen (Arci Muñoz) who was broken up with by her boyfriend through a tasteless song.
Later we get to know the stories of the other Camp Sawi guests, a gay dude, a plus-sized girl, and ‘the other woman,’ all of whom reflect the different sides of bad breakups. While we never get around to dig deep into any one of those relationships (even Bridgette’s central story didn’t really tell us enough about why a ten-year relationship came to an abrupt cut), we do get a smorgasbord of vignettes and insights about the journey towards being okay again.
May mga pasakalye at slight playing around with expectations and tropes (like, who gets to go home with the studly camp master from among a bevy of now single and unbelievably good-looking women—looking at you, Arci), which should be appreciated, but none of these really served the story in any remarkable way. If anything, medyo naka-retract pa s’ya nang kaunti sa temang pinaglalaruan nito: ang pag-move on.
Engaging at charming ang mga character. Walang out of place or awkward mula sa bida hanggang sa supporting cast. Even the supporting cast got their few seconds of fame, for representing a specific point of view when a relationship breaks down. Na-feature din ang ganda ng Bantayan Islands in Cebu ng pelikula, although may mga bahagi na medyo malabo ang labas ng images sa pelikula, intentional or not. Maayos ang cinematography at ang pagkaka-direk.
Overall, we get an ensemble cast that goes through their own journeys of moving on, but instead of a single thread running through more than one story we get several different threads, which we could argue, is just the way life is. Don’t get your hopes up too high, and Camp Sawi may just be that dose of reality and sober but good vibes you need.