MANILA, Philippines -- Although it tells the story of "forbidden love" between a married man and a "confused woman," Erik Matti's latest film will delve more into the marriage that has been ruined by the affair, rather than the mistress herself.
In an apparent jab at the trend of highlighting "mistress" stories in recently released local films, the first theatrical trailer for "Rigodon" released Wednesday proclaims "[it] is not about the mistress." Rather, "this is about marriage."
In the film billed as a romance-thriller, showbiz newcomer Yam Concepcion, who is dubbed by Viva as its new "sex goddess," portrays 25-year-old Sarah Dilag.
Concepcion, in an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, described her character as "a confused girl who will face struggles in her life."
Sarah, according to trailer's accompanying synopsis, is caught in despair from recent events in her life when she meets Riki (John James Uy), a former teen star who dreams of making a comeback.
Their casual friendship and growing closeness lead to a "one night stand." But unbeknownst to Sarah, Riki is already married to Regine (Maxene Eigenmann) and with two children.
As Riki's many secrets unravel, the "two troubled women's murderous rage leads to a shattering finale."
"Nakaka-nerbyos kasi. Buti sana kung ang tagal ko na sa industriyang ito, pero hindi, tapos 'yun pa agad 'yung binigay sa 'kin," Concepcion told ABS-CBN News in an earlier interview, referring to her debut film, in cinemas nationwide on November 21.
"And it's my first-ever acting experience. I never had any acting experience prior to that, it's pressuring," she added.