#Y begins when Miles (Elmo Magalona) is about to jump off the roof of a building in Makati. He then recalls a month and a half ago when he first decided that he wanted to die. Miles is carefree, fun loving, and faithful, yet he can also be solitary, introspective and suspicious. He reviews his understanding of death, and how adventurous and heroic it might be. The film follows him in his nightly parties with his friends, and the drugs that make him a part of their group.
I myself was surprised to have enjoyed #Y (2014). Though its thesis covers a generation that I now see only from afar, its presentation of a world of the rich and the young is captured effectively through Director Gino Santos’ lens. It explores a much ignored issue of teenage suicides and creates an argument that even in their boundless lives, they are chained in their own social limits. Santos does not explain why Miles wants to kill himself. Though some may say that this is a major miss, I say otherwise. #Y ventures into the lives of our young, as it tries to explain that even in their most stupid of decisions there is still depth in their impassive existence.
3.5 STARS OUT OF 5