[Movie] That Thing Called Tadhana


That Thing Called Tadhana 
Written and Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone
Rating: 4.5/5.0
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#Hugot for all those who fell deeply in love with this movie. From all the vulgarities down to Sagada’s heavenly mountain view, who would have thought that being “tatanga-tanga” would be surprisingly relatable – even for those who believe that love is docile if you’re rational about it. That Thing called Tadhana by Antoinette Jadaone took advantage of my broken heart and healthy wallet (thank goodness it coincided with its premiere).

If you’re in a mood for a romantic comedy that’ll let you laugh and cry consecutively for a good two hours, then this movie suits your preference. A warning, of course, if you’re from a terrible heartbreak, friendzoned or even a hopeless romantic for like forever then I suppose it will hurt right in the gut; and leave an arrow with your heart pierced through it (pun intended).


This movie stayed in the movie theaters for as long as three weeks and a part of Cinema One Originals Film Festival. It wasn’t a surprising outcome since I, for one, was sold on how it portrays the shrewdly pragmatic idea and the typical clichés of romance spiced with funny, witty and uncensored dialogue. It let us stayed laughing at the cynical comebacks of Mace at Anthony’s canny banter which was cheekily adorable. It let us explore the word “soul-searching” – no matter how “burgis” it may sound – not only for failed relationships but also to failed dreams and aspirations. It was a brooding journey from “Ex mo nga, na iniwan ka, pinagpalit ka at hindi ka na mahal” with a crisp “Tang*na mo ah.” retaliation down to an adventurous self-healing with witty banters in all the right places.

Jadaone presented a fresh new context for real love; references from local movies mainly Cathy Garcia-Molina’s One More Chance (2007) and “that ideal guy who will be the one to cry for you” actor John Lloyd Cruz divulged the ideals in love negated by what was soul-searched with F.Scott Fitzgerald’s very quotable “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.” The script and screenplay, honestly, brought the movie up along with the undeniably cheeky and effective chemistry with JM de Guzman (Anthony) and Angelica Panganiban (Mace). Mace’s “The Arrow with a Heart Pierced through Him” literary reference parallel to the characters’ story and soundtracks such as Up Dharma Down‘s Tadhanaand Whitney Houston‘s Where do broken hearts go had a very intangible charm that spiced every heartwarming and poignant moments.

Undeniably one of my favorite rom-com movies to date, That Thing Called Tadhana had pretty much detoured from your typical romantic comedy of superficial kiligs to a much more sensible introspective of romance which had made me invested on filmmaker Jadaone.