The well loved onscreen tandem,
Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz reunite
for Star Cinema's "The Mistress."
First, there was “No Other Woman.” Then came “The Mistress”, and now, “A Secret Affair.”
Why do stories about infidelity spring up like mushrooms these days? What’s with all these moaning and groaning in dark corners while the innocent spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend is not looking? Just as important, why do movies that make peeping toms out of moviegoers make such a killing at the box-office?
Movies being the mirrors of life that they are, the answer is easy: we love being voyeurs. Another thing is, even the most reclusive of people know of a mistress in their circle. It’s something a conservative country like the Philippines is teeming with. And it’s grist for the gossip mill.
Showbiz psychologist Dr. Randy Dellosa thinks films about third parties create emotions so strong, people can’t resist queuing up to cinemas. He thinks there’s something in these movies for everyone.
“Those who have had a first-hand experience of secret affairs in their own relationship will readily identify with the actress playing the mistress or commiserate with the anguish of the betrayed wife."
"Those unhappy in their current relationship may be drawn to such movies because of a subconscious wish to engage in secret affairs themselves,” he explains.
To be sure, not all mistresses are the same. Some are cruel down to their bone marrows. Others are simply in it for the money. The scenarios are endless.
As the Holy Bible says, judge not, lest ye be judged.
But one thing's sure -- mistresses make interesting characters. There's never a dull moment with them. And they're usually sexier, better dressed, even younger than the wife.
So their presence — on screen or off -- are riveting. Think Anne Curtis ("No Other Woman)" and Andi Eigenmann ("A Secret Affair), whose role as third parties add spice and eye candy to the film. Besides, when the faces — and the bodies — are these tempting, can moviegoers of both sexes resist?
This is the stuff blockbusters are made of. So producers cash in on the money back guarantee as if there's no tomorrow.