Between Maybes, a proof that there is beauty in fleeting moments

It has been the fantasy of many to let go and leave everything behind in search of something different from the noise of daily life. In Between Maybes, Black Sheep wanted to bring to life Jason Paul Laxamana's story about two people who found peace in the most unlikeliest places in each other's company.

For the first time on the big screen, Gerald Anderson is paired up with Julia Baretto in a film that's shot on location in SAGA, Japan. After his first project with Black Sheep, last year's To Love Some Buddy, filmmaker Jason aul Laxamana wanted to create a story that reflected the serenity and calm nature of the location.

Gerald and Julia at the Media Conference held last May 2 in ABS-CBN

In Between Maybes, Julia Baretto plays Hazel, an actress experiencing troubles in her careeer and not having control of her life. Feeling lost and wanting to escape, she books a random flight and eventually ends up in the secluded prefecture of Saga, Japan. There she finds an unexpected confidante in Louie (Gerald Anderson), who isolated himself after experiencing heartbreak from his family.

The two develop a functional rlationship. Hazel asks Louie to check on her as she's not used to being on her own. While Louie finds Hazel's company and noise amuzing, as it's a break from his simple world lacking human connection. Amidst the silence and isolation, Hazel and Louie find comfort in each other as they both needed it at that certain point in their lives. But knowing how-far apart their worlds are, they can only hold on to the belief that some encounters are special because of how fleeting they are.

Julia and Gerald at the black carpet premiere held last May 14 in SM Megamall Cinema 1

Both Anderson and Barretto went into the project with such admiration for the roles that they are portraying and they both had a profound connection to their characters. Julia's recent trip to South America was a means to take a step back and recalibrate from her busy schedule while Gerald felt that isolation often feels like a good choice just to get away from his life, even if only for a while.

The two actors underwent through a series of workshops with laxamana and shot the majority of the film on location in Japan during the bloom of the Sakura trees. Although Saga is a quiet prefecture with a small population, the serene nature of the place lends another layer to the story of Hazel and Louie. A brand new version of Rico Blanco;s ht song "Your Universe" is created specifically for the film by Acel, the original singer of Moonstar88.

Audiences seeking for an escape might need a doseof Black Sheep and Jason paul laxamanas refreshing take on fleeting romances and little moments that linger forever. After the lou noise of the election season and the endless superhero brawls on multiplexes, maybe it's time to experience the beauty of Between Maybes.

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