ONE MOMENT MORE (Jeffrey Jeturian). 140 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (May 6) at the Carlton. For times, see page 106. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Jerry ( Jomari Yllana ), a tour guide in Cebu City in the Philippines, meets and falls in love with Luna ( Ara Mina ), a beautiful girl from Manila who gets engaged to her boyfriend while on holiday.
That's the basic plot of One Moment More , but it takes a hell of a long time to get there. The meandering route is beautiful, for sure, with lots of scenes of gorgeous beaches and breathtaking waterfalls. The other side of the tourism coin is also in full view: the interconnections between the guides, the hotels and the "entertainment," and how devastating a drop in numbers can be to businesses that exist solely to serve the wealthy.
Jerry has a father who abandoned his family, an ex-girlfriend who's having a baby out of wedlock and a friend who's a prostitute. All these events seem heavy with meaning, but there's no arc to connect them other than Jerry's involvement.
Perhaps that's the meaning of the title: that a life is just a series of random "moments" -- what happens while you're making other plans, as John Lennon said. But movies need something more than that -- like structure. If there's an overarching story to One Moment More, it must have got lost in translation.