DOLLY Dulu’s “The Boy Foretold by the Stars”, an entry at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2020, continues with a limited series titled “Love Beneath The Stars”.
What do the cards predict for Dominic and Luke this time?
At the end of MMFF, the film won three awards: 2nd Best Picture, Best Original Theme Song for “Ulan” and the Gender Sensitivity Award. Months after the film’s release, it was announced that a series of sequels had been lit green, which began on August 16, 2021 and ended on September 20.
Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson reprise their roles as Dominic and Luke, two students at St. Francis Catholic School, who develop a connection after bonding at a religious retreat.
The sequel series picks up right after the movie ended, which was quite a cliffhanger of a happily ever after.
Following the rise in popularity of the Boy’s Love (BL) genre last year, Dulu’s film was a breath of fresh air, starring someone like Lindayag, who is openly queer and effeminate, like the one of the protagonists. That, in and of itself, is a huge win in terms of portrayal, because not only is it a queer love story, but it’s portrayed by someone from the community.
In “Love Beneath The Stars”, the two are eager to keep their budding romance on track, so they seek further advice from Baby R (played by Iyah Mina), the fortune teller who predicted in the events of the film that they would each be the soul mate of the others.
The story of the series hinges on one crucial point: Dominic and Luke share a kiss in front of their peers at their graduation ball, a powerful statement to make, given the conservative nature of Catholic schools. Videos of their kissing surfaced online, attracting both positive and negative comments, subsequently gaining the attention of superiors at their school.
Instead of clashing, the show takes a more progressive approach to the school’s authority figures, its principal and teachers in particular, as they deliberate on disciplinary action to be taken. One of the teachers, who is a religious brother, expresses his support for Dominic and Luke, arguing that there is nothing wrong with them having done so.
In one of the show’s most emotional moments, Dominic tells his father that he feels the need to consistently excel in school to compensate for his sexuality – a scene necessary to decompress the problematic state of mind according to him. which being gay is something to compensate for. This powerful dialogue between parent and child, hopefully, breaks down walls and starts conversations in households with gay children.
More than shamelessly expressing love for a loved one, “Love Beneath The Stars” encourages its viewers, especially those in the queer community, to embrace and be proud of who you are. A story like Dominic and Luke’s is especially important to this generation, as it teaches them that love, in all its forms, should be celebrated in the open. All six episodes of “Love Beneath The Stars” are broadcast exclusively on iWantTFC.