The first-ever UPSTREAM Original A Girl and A Guy has a lot to say about modern relationships. This coming-of-age film is an uncharted territory for the acclaimed director Erik Matti as it explores and exposes what relationships are like these days — the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all. Even so, it is able to give a good glimpse into the lives of millennials and Gen Zs in the midst of hook-up culture, online dating, and the likes.
The story of A Girl and A Guy follows Fiona (Alexa Miro), an ambitious and confident advertising production assistant who dreams of becoming a renowned filmmaker and Raf (Rob Gomez), a creative and laid back marketing associate who has the right amount of charm to wow just about every woman he meets.
As they work to find who they are and what they want to be, they get entangled with each other’s lives as well as with a handful of other people who, just like them, are young and have their own fair share of baggage. A Girl and A Guy made sure to depict modern relationships the closest it can to reality and represent the diversity of young adults through its colorful characters.
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Here are the different looks into modern relationship as seen in A Girl and A Guy, which is now available on www.UPSTREAM.ph, in partnership with GMovies.ph.
- Growing up and out of love
From the onset, the film shows how adulting can muddle even the most stable of relationships. With the challenge of juggling adult responsibilities with everything else that is going on, sometimes relationships don’t survive. Holding on too long to a relationship that isn’t making you happy anymore for the sake of pinagsamahan or the years that you have been together can just often lead to messy situations. Who wants that, anyway?
- Keeping it casual
The pressures and expectations that come with a committed and exclusive romantic relationship are some of the reasons why millennials and gen Zs have become more keen towards casual dating. After all, it’s a great and fun way to meet new people, enjoy their company, and find out more about yourself and your preferences with less of the stress.
- Hook-up culture
Casual dating has also paved the way for hook-up culture where individuals engage in one-night stands or FUBU/FWB set-ups to satisfy their sexual needs without the need for any emotional intimacy or commitment. Nowadays, people are more comfortable having sex than actually talking to each other, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But what comes after that is what the film is asking.
- Finding relationships online
Casual and convenient are two words that can perfectly describe online dating. Undeniably, this concept is changing the landscape of relationships and romance among young adults especially now with the pandemic at hand. It starts with simply creating an account on a dating app you prefer, then you just swipe away among the hundreds of girls and guys on your feed, and wait for a match or matches if you’re lucky!
At the end of the day, modern romance, as complex as it may seem, is also about building genuine friendships and lasting relationships. A Girl and A Guy reminds us that no matter how different their ways can be, the younger generation is still seeking love, understanding, and fulfillment whether it’s from a romantic partner, their family and peers, their career, or even their own self.