And I Love You So (film)
|And I Love You So|
|Directed by||Laurenti M. Dyogi|
|Written by||Vanessa Valdez
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
|Running time||120 minutes|
And I Love You So is a 2009 Philippine romantic fantasy drama film produced by Star Cinema, starring Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby and Derek Ramsay. This film reunites Alonzo and Milby; the previous being Close to You (2006). The film is directed by Laurenti Dyogi, and celebrates the 16th year of Star Cinema films. The film describes the feeling of forbidden love for another person when that love may not be forbidden at all.
The film also had critical applause from critics and also nominations from different film and entertainment awards.
Lara (Bea Alonzo) meets the love of her life, Oliver Cruz (Derek Ramsay). They live a happy married life. She falls in love with Oliver all over again each and every day because of his charm, and also because he was her first love ever. Yet, five months later, Oliver dies of an aneurysm, and financial problems occur for Lara, not to mention heartbreak. At the suggestion of her friends, she rents out the former condominium she and Oliver lived in to a man named Chris Panlilio (Sam Milby), and then decides to live with her mother-in-law, Kate, and sister-in-law, Audrey. Intent to help his landlady learn to move on with her life, Chris decides to guide Lara into doing different daily activities to be happy again, in exchange for her teaching him proper Tagalog. Yet, this new found friendship turns into something more special,
- Bea Alonzo as Lara Cruz
- Sam Milby as Chris Panlilio
- Derek Ramsay as Oliver Cruz
- Coney Reyes as Kate Cruz
- Nikki Gil as Audrey Cruz
- Candy Pangilinan as Teacher Paula
- Maricar Reyes as Rachel
- Cacai Bautista as Teacher Lani
- Dick Israel as Jun Panlilio
- Angel Jacob as Jane
- RJ Ledesma as Mike Panlilio
- Janna Dominguez as Teacher Teresa
- Cai Cortez as Teacher Grace
- Gilette Sandico as Margie
And I Love You So earned second place in the Philippines during its opening weekend (August 12, 2009 - August 16, 2009) after G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The film earned ₱20,470,000 (or $424,470) in revenue. During its second week, the film stayed in the Top 5 films of that weekend holding spot Number 3 behind Disney's Up and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, respectively. It earned ₱10,596,134. As of its first two weeks in Philippine theatres, it garnered a gross revenue of ₱36,329,604. As of January 2010, the film has grossed ₱89, 300,000 in revenue. The film received generally favorable reviews.
And I Love You So was the first Star Cinema-produced film not to be shown in any theater operated by SM City Chain, the largest in the Philippines. ABS-CBN canceled releasing the film after a negotiation over profit sharing between the two companies bogged down.