I watched Sisid with an open mind, suspending any form of judgment after seeing the trailer. True enough, after almost two hours of viewing the film, I appreciated it for the truth it presented. As taken from the story, love comes in different forms and people decide on how they manifest it.

Stars Kylie Verzosa, Christine Bermas, Paolo Gumabao, and Vince Rillon were the film’s strengths. The four actors effectively breathed life into their characters and presented different emotions in a typical Brillante Mendoza approach – very real.

The film may seem slow in the beginning but it allows the issues to simmer and get the audiences acquainted with the main characters. The pain it delivers, at one point, was very much reminiscent of the kind presented by Hollywood’s Brokeback Mountain more than a decade ago.

While I personally think that the film could do away with less detailed intimate scenes, the stars were able to carry those out while delivering the emotions required from their characters.

The story

Marine Biologist Jason (Paolo Gumabao) and his wife Abby (Kylie Verzosa) goes to Pola, Mindoro where he is tasked to lead the rehabilitation and preservation of a fish sanctuary. There, he meets his diving assistant Dennis (Vince Rillon) and the two hit it off instantly. As they work together, Jason learns bits and pieces about Dennis and his family; and Dennis is moved with Jason’s passion for his work. They also find themselves in contradicting problems when Dennis got his girlfriend Tanya (Christine Bermas) pregnant, while Jason and Abby have been struggling to have a baby for years, but to no avail because of Abby’s illness.

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As days go by, Jason and Dennis develop romantic feelings for each other, eventually giving in to their sexual desires. But their affair takes an unprecedented turn when Abby finds out about Jason and Dennis’ affair and catches them in the act. Abby’s shock from her discovery made her illness worse, resulting in her hospitalization. Jason now has to choose between Abby and Dennis, and someone will be left brokenhearted.

Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza is back with another movie that does not just bare flesh, but also emotions and drama in “SISID.” For this film, direk Brillante got to cast the hottest young stars of today, like Paolo Gumabao, Vince Rillon, Christine Bermas and Kylie Verzosa.

Watch the complex emotions and connections of relationships in “SISID.” Starting today, January 19, SISID is streaming on Vivamax Plus, the newest pay-per-view service of Viva. For only 299 pesos, you get to witness Brillante Mendoza’s newest obra maestra, SISID, right at the comfort of your homes.

Regular streaming will start on March 18 on VIVAMAX Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Macao, Vietnam, Brunei, Maldives, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe, Canada and USA.

Visit web.vivamax.net and look for Vivamax Plus to purchase your tickets. For local subscriptions, you can subscribe using the VIVAMAX app and for P149, you can watch-all-you-can for 1 month, and you can pay using your Debit or Credit card, GCash, or PayPal account that’s linked on your Google, Apple and Huawei App Gallery account.

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You can also subscribe online at www.vivamax.net, select a plan and you can pay through PayMaya, Debit or Credit card, GCash, GrabPay or at any ECPAY partner outlets near you. You can also add to cart VIVAMAX on your next online shopping at Shopee, Lazada, PayMaya and ComWorks Clickstore. You can also pay your VIVAMAX subscription plans at any Authorized outlets near you: Load Central, Comworks and Load Manna.

You can also call your local Cable Operators to subscribe to VIVAMAX: Aklan Cable Television Co., Inc. Cebu Cable HD, Cable Link, Cotabato Cable Television Network Corp., Concepcion Pay TV Network Inc., Sky Cable, Fiber, BCTVI, Paradise Cable Television Nework, Inc., Wesfardell Connect and Zenergy Cable TV Network Inc.

VIVAMAX also made watching your favorite movies more affordable because for only P29, you can now watch all you can for 3 days. And get the best viewing quality as VIVAMAX is now compatible with TV casting.