I have seen the Im Sang-Soo film and enjoyed it. It is an easy candidate for a Filipino remake, as it covers familiar Filipino themes: the class struggle, family power plays, and that Filipino specialty, twisted illicit sex between two people at least 15 years apart in age, one of whom is in a position of authority over the other.
It's a chamber film that gets pretty dark, especially when you're watching it in the middle of the pandemic. I can't wait to see our version, mainly because I have also seen the trailer of it.
From what I can glean from repeated viewings (for research) of the trailer, noir lighting and creepy male gazes and absurdly short
yaya uniforms and all, it is a pretty faithful remake. Kylie plays the newly conscripted household help hired by the man of the house played by Albert Martinez ("Tito Albert," she repeatedly and terrifyingly calls him in our conversation), who, alongside Jaclyn Jose, completes a humongously talented cast.
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Bodysuit by La Senza, collar by Bershka, and custom top by Mikee Andrei
Now I'm the one who finds myself asking Kylie:
Why not something happy? Why not, like, 'women and children'? Yes, there are women and children in the film, I realize, but—spoiler alert—they don't all end up right in the head or in life.
"I'm not my character," she admonishes me, and as she wags a finger made longer and more elegant by an exquisitely manicured nail, she makes a promise: "All my characters do the craziest shit!"