I have always said that Jose Javier Reyes is very insightful. He has this way of making you feel like you are watching a bunch of people you know or some weird version of yourself in his characters. Absent is my usual gripe of 'Nobody talks that way,' or 'What the heck were they thinking" because his characters have this three-dimensional feel about them. It doesn't matter if they act normal or if they are made out to look comical, they always have a shed of truth about them that makes them almost tangible and very relatable.
Mga Mumunting Lihim is a testament to this. Here he creates characters that reflect a truth in almost all of us. Portrayed by four exemplary actresses, it tells a story of a friendship that is shaken by the revelations from a set of bequeathed private journals. As loyalties are questioned and characters are put on the spot for introspection, we realize that the film is not only making us look at what these people are doing, it is actually making us examine ourselves. We discover, as these characters discover, that we are not all inherently good nor bad and that we are all capable of doing the worst that we accuse of others.
The film opens for a commercial run starting August 22nd in 40 theaters nationwide, including SM Digital Cinemas. I would highly recommend that barkadas watch this. More than just a movie, this is an eye-opening experience. Who knows, you may discover a thing or two about your friends and even yourself after watching this.