Honor Roll: ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ teaches us that true love means knowing when it’s time to let go

Geometry taught us that intersecting lines are lines that meet only once. In an infinite plane, these lines are meant to cross paths just once and never again. Whether that point transcends time and space is a whole new story altogether. Hugot culture gave this concept a different life: there are some people that are only meant to stay in your life for a moment, and whether that moment can impact your life way after it has passed, is all up to the hands of fate.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a story of two people who are intersecting lines. Joy, a hardworking domestic helper in Hong Kong who sacrifices her wants and dreams to earn enough for her family back home. And Ethan, a bartender who is working his way back to regain his family’s trust after the messes he made in the past. Love ensues. But this love, no matter how true, has been doomed to end. Joy is leaving Hong Kong while Ethan is stuck there. Intersecting lines.

 

In Hello, Love, Goodbye, Alden and Kathryn prove that they are actors first before they are half of their love teams.

 

Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards rose to popularity through love teams. Kathryn, with her real and reel life partner Daniel Padilla, are hailed as Teen King and Queen. Alden, with Maine Mendoza, as AlDub, a love team that came to be after a serendipitous kilig moment that happened on live TV. Both actors have been stereotyped based on their love teams, and breaking free from the double-edged sword that is this showbiz vehicle has always been a challenge: maybe they can’t act with other people, maybe the fans won’t like them paired up with another person, maybe they’re all just kilig and no substance. But in Hello, Love, Goodbye, Alden and Kathryn prove that they are actors first before they are half of their love teams. Kathryn’s Joy is nuanced, Alden’s Ethan is so much more than a handsome face. There is chemistry. The acting is more than believable — you become so engrossed in the story that you will find yourself rooting for Ethan and Joy, both together and separately. 

The movie also touches on the lives of OFWs. It gives us a peek at how difficult it is to earn a living overseas — how the lives of OFWs, domestic helpers especially, are laden with hurdles and sacrifices. To be a domestic helper is often looked down upon, but it is an honorable job done by thousands of Filipinos because no matter how difficult their life overseas is, it is still better than staying at home where there are no jobs at all. Joy risks getting deported by working multiple jobs because she needs money to fund her move to Canada, where she will work as a nurse. Her mom married her employer in hopes of becoming a resident. Mary Dale (Maymay Entrata) starts working as a domestic helper despite being young and naive. 

 

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a movie that gave more gravity to “I love you”. There is the I love you that’s meant to taunt and kid. An I love you meant to to begin a relationship. An I love you to beg. And an I love you to accept a bittersweet end.

 

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a movie that gave more gravity to “I love you.” There is the I love you that’s meant to taunt and kid. An I love you meant to to begin a relationship. An I love you to beg. And an I love you to accept a bittersweet end. Ethan and Joy are people who understand the value of sacrifice. They teach us that true love means knowing when it is time to let go. And that true love means having it in you to love yourself first before anything. Their love may have had an expiration date, but it was real and true, and those few months when their lives intersected was more than enough to last a lifetime. 

 

 

Rating: A

 

Hello, Love, Goodbye is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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