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Journey to love


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JUST A THOUGHT: Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank

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JOURNEY TO LOVE: Veteran of two marriages tells me: It’s not enough that you fall in love.

What seals a relationship is how you and your partner maneuver the journey towards nurturing that love.

One best way to test this is to spend long, long hours together. On the road. By travelling together. Living together.

Such as what happens to the characters in “Through Night and Day,” played exuberantly well by Paolo Contis and Alessandra de Rossi.

Barkadas in real life, their characters discover their differences and similarities along the way. How do these discoveries impact on their love? Relationship? Plans of getting married?

And to think the two characters in the Viva film had to fly all the way to Iceland!


ALESSANDRA de Rossi and Paolo Contis

ALESSANDRA de Rossi and Paolo Contis

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ITALIANS BOTH: Alex and Paolo describe their friendship in unconventional terms.

They like teasing each other, making fun of the other.

Paolo is especially guilty of downgrading Alex, mocking her for her dark color.

They have been friends for years, having worked together on a number of films and TV shows. It never occurred to them that they could be anything romantic.

Both shudder at the thought. Mockingly.

Both are also half-Italians on their father side.

So, why didn’t they shoot “Through Night and Day” in Italy?

Alex, who wrote the story, says Iceland provides new scenery to local viewers. The freezing cold served the perfect backdrop to the film’s climactic tension.

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KNOWING YOU: The story is summarized thus: Before Ben and Jen get married; they embark on a trIp to Jen’s lifelong dream destination – Iceland. Their relationship is put to test as all sorts of misfortune happen to them on this trip, mostly caused by Jen’s blunders. What they hope to be a trip that would make their relationship stronger ends up tearing them apart.

Directed by Ronnie Velasco, and formed by the same creative team behind “Kita Kita,” the film is now showing.