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There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed

The movie In My Life is about the changes in the life of Shirley Templo (Vilma Santos). She felt miserable with her life in the Philippines that she thought she can start a new one in the United States and live with her son Mark (Luis Manzano).

Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain

Shirley had a hard time adjusting in the foreign land. Now this part is kind of sketchy for me. She’s a librarian and yet she can’t speak straight English. How did she qualify to be a librarian in the first place? If every public school personnel are like Shirley, then no wonder the Philippine educational system is deteriorating.

All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall

When Shirley arrived in the States, she met her son’s boyfriend Noel (John Lloyd Cruz). She didn’t like Noel at first but she accepted him as the movie progressed only to have a confrontation with him in the end. I’ll elaborate on this later.

Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve love them all

Star Cinema must think that for a drama to be good, someone must die. In In My Life, the designated dead person is Mark. He has cancer and the film led the viewers to think that he’ll die from it. But lo and behold he survived it but then he was hit by a speeding van. That’s the end of Mark’s story. It was in Mark’s wake when Noel confronted Shirley about being too selfish and only thinking about herself.

Overall In My Life has its moments but the only thing people remember about it is the John Lloyd/Luis kiss. It’s a simple love story made complicated by a mother’s love.

*In My Life lyrics by Lennon and McCartney.


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