What I Saw is What I Got: A Reaction Paper to Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme)
Surrounded by the SWAT team, two women dressed exactly alike are seen on the rooftop of a building; and then, flashback kicks in. The film highlights the exaggerated sisterly rivalry between Go Dong Hae twins Kimmy and Dora (Eugene Domingo) who both have extreme innate personalities that oppose each other’s. Kimmy’s cantankerousness and immoderate sophistication can be mainly attributed to the typhoid fever she suffered from when she was young. On the other hand, Dora’s semi-retarded nature resulted from the collision of her head with the toilet bowl when she was unexpectedly born. It is revealed that Kimmy is madly in love with Johnson (Dingdong Dantes), but oddly enough, Johnson is smitten with Dora. Toward the middle of the film, the audience might probably learn to sympathize with Kimmy as it is evident that the people she loves the most, Johnson and her dad, are more affectionate to Dora than to her. Press fast forward and Kimmy is kidnapped instead of Dora, Johnson helps Dora impersonate Kimmy, Mr. Go Dong Hae (Ariel Ureta) finally finds out that Kimmy was abducted, Kimmy returns to the city after spending some time in the farm she got drifted to, and things are finally back to the way they were.
After Kimmy’s return, which seemed to be the time for a decent ending, I thought the film was about to reach its last minutes. I was inaccurate in my estimation. The film stretched on for another thirty minutes or so. To make it worse, the scenes were becoming pointless. To my dismay, the plot now showed more holes and unnecessary diversions. I did not feel the sentiment that I was supposed to feel with Kimmy and Dora’s reconciliation.
“Finally, the real ending”, I mused to myself. Yet, what happened was utterly dreadful. Similar to old Filipino movies in the 80’s and 90’s, the film couldn’t have ended any worse. Kimmy and Dora are seen singing a sentimental song inside Dora’s pink...
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