How ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ Relates to My (and many others’) College Life
All right. I have to admit, I only really wanted to watch ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ was so that I could see the teaser short film “Angelito” by the same people who were behind Heneral Luna. This event review is about how I realized it reflected my own college experience, after feeling glad that I stayed to finish the film.
I wouldn’t go as far as calling it the best movie of the year, but It did have its moments. Most of these really reminded me of my own experience in college, and the anxiety and struggle that comes with it. For example:
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1. The Extended Stay
Nothing wrong with extending your four years in college. The movie shows a pair that delayed graduation and stayed seven years in college. Personally (for reasons undisclosed), I enjoyed my six. It’s not recommended for all, especially for those who want to start working already, but it does help with life experiences and whatnot.
2. The Booze
Well, it wouldn’t be called “I’m Drunk…” without the firewater. I learned to appreciate the mystic alcoholic arts in college, which added a different kind of tone to my erstwhile academic six years.
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3. Road Trips
IDILY featured a spur-of-the-moment trip to La Union for a music festival (and more, apparently) where the events of the film unfold. When I was in college not so long ago, I had my fair share of roadtrips, both spur-of-the-moment and planned. Some trips as “near” as Antipolo, while others saw my friends and I in Puerto Galera or Batangas.
4. The Soundtrack of our Lives
The music of the film played a big part in setting the mood, and telling the story. As musicians, both protagonists inevitably revolved around their relationship with music, and with each other through the music. I also became more serious with my music in college, playing a few gigs here and there. The somewhat indie songs of the movie had the same raw feel of most of the songs that were prevalent during “my time”.
5. Graduation Anxiety
As if putting off graduation wasn’t evidence enough, facing the after-college unknown scared the main characters. It definitely scared me, having to deal with leaving some of the best days of my life for a new journey. One that I wasn’t even sure which direction to take.
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The movie is a breath of fresh air from all the “kilig” films that seem too fantastic or too good to be true. I guess the language is not too theatrical, and the lines are not just made-for-movie dialogue. Plus, it offers a not-so-tourist view on La Union. Whether you’re there for the actors or the story, or simply to watch the short film Angelito, like me, you won’t regret staying for the rest of “I’m Drunk, I Love You”.
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