Jian Carlo TombocMr. Arjay Arellano
BA Social Sciences(Economics)Dept. of Communication
Filipino films nowadays are too mainstream, for action, comedy, horror and even romance themed movies. In the movie The Mistress, John Lloyd Cruz (as JD), a handsome rich boy, whose father owns a telecom company, fell inlove with Bea Alonzo (as Sari), a typical Filipina citizen who struggles to work for her family. Later in the movie, it was revealed that Sari is a mistress of JD's father (as Rico), and so the story revolved within that conflict. As a Filipino watcher, it was quite unusual to see such movie because I got used with the flow The boy meets girl, girl don't like the boy, boy makes a move, girl falls inlove, conflict, resolution, and happy ending.
We may not know or observe, but we live in a patriarchal world, where men are usually rulers, kings or the powerful ones not only in governmental and economical position, but also within small groups like families. Men usually go to work and leave his family, while women stay home to do the lowly chores like cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry, lowly yet harder than it seems. The portrayal of the role of men and women in the film appeared little bit similar of the description above, where JD's father owns a company, the powerful ones, only that JD's mother don't do the lowly chores either. However, on Sari's side, she is the laborer of the family, she's a tailor. It's her job which led her to be a mistress. Rico took the burden for her family, and in change, Sari has to give all her Thursdays to him. In addition, it also conveys the idea that men hungers for sex and always seeks for love, and women don't take age as a barrier for love.
It is stereotypic in the sense that men, especially the rich ones, seems to be an asshole while girls appear to carry the burden by themselves all the time as portrayed by the film. Another thing which took my interest is the line "Hindi...