Produced by Regal Films and directed by Ishmael Bernal, Broken Marriage tackled the problems of married couples who are very busy in their work and lacked time for each other. Vilma lost the FAMAS Best Actress award, but won it at Gawad Urian, along with Bernal as Best Director. This heavy-drama film also won the Best Picture at Urian.
The fighting scenes (shouting) of Vilma and Boyet as a troubled couple was so realistic. The script was so perfect for both of them. As young lady back then when I saw the movie in theatres with my classmates in high school, the movie taught me that being married for 10 years is not a guarantee that it will be smooth for a career woman.
#4 Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993)
Produced by Octo Arts and directed by Laurice Guillen, Dahil Mahal Kita (Because I live You): The Dolzura Cortez Story is the first Philippine movie that chronicled the problem of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Here, Vilma Santos portrayed very well the role of Dolzura Cortez, the first Filipina AIDS victim to come out in public.
I can frankly say that this is more of a Vilma Santos solo-starrer movie than a Vilma-Boyet movie, although Boyet portrayed a very important role. Nevertheless, this made Ate Vi won the Best Actress award from various award-giving bodies, such as Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Gawad Urian, Star Awards, and Manila Film Festival.
#3 Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981)
Produced by Sampaguita Pictures and directed by Elwood Perez, “Pakawalan Mo Ako” (Release Me) gave Perez and Christopher de Leon FAMAS nominations for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively. Vilma Santos won her second FAMAS Best Actress award for her role. This is also her first movie with Boyet that earned her an acting award.
Well, her acting was really superb so I was not surprised she won the FAMAS award. But then, it’s also the story that made the film great. Here, Vilma (Ana) played as an escort girl, who was framed up and was jailed for murder. I honestly think the best dramatic scene in the movie is during her court trial, with Vilma screaming her iconic dialogue.
#2 Dekada ’70 (2002)
Produced by Star Cinema, directed by Chito S. Rono, and story by critically acclaimed novelist Lualhati Bautista, Dekada ’70 related the story of a middle-class Filipino family during the Martial Law era under the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Here, Vilma and Boyet portrayed as parents of Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin and other young actors.
For me, the movie was well-crafted and so effective that even those who were not born yet during Martial Law can relate. Nonetheless, Vilma was also great as a woman who later discovered that she can be more than just a simple wife mother. No wonder, the film won several awards, including a Best Actor for Piolo, and Best Actress for Ate Vi.
#1 Relasyon (1982)
Produced by Regal Films and directed by Ishmael Bernal, Relasyon is a very touching love story. Marilou (Vilma Santos) who fell in love with a married man, Emil (Christopher de Leon), and eventually became his mistress. But then, the movie is also about problems in a relationship where the woman seems to be a servant only to her man.
Here, Ate Vi was so effective in delivering long lines, while Boyet Without a doubt, I can say that this is the best Vilma Santos-Christopher de Leon movie. In fact, it made Vilma Santos the first Grand Slam Best Actress in local movie history. She won the Best Actress award from FAMAS, Gawad URIAN, FAP, and Catholic Mass Media that year.
And as a bonus to fans of Vilma-Boyet love team, below is the full list of their other films together.
1. Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig (1977) 2. Disco Fever (1978) 3. Nakawin Natin ang Bawa’t Sandali (1978) 4. Pinay American Style (1980) 5. Gusto Kita, Mahal ko Siya (1980) 6. Karma (1981) 7. Haplos (1982) 8. Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan (1983) 9. Imortal (1989) 10. Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) 11. Nag-iisang Bituin (1994) 12. Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal (1997) 13. Mano Po 3: My Love (2004)
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