If you’re looking for a family-oriented film with Catholics values, the 2013 comedy-drama Four Sister and a Wedding isn’t exactly the first movie that comes to mind.
The premise is simple: Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, and Shaina Magdayao star as sisters trying to stop their baby brother (Enchong Dee) from tying the knot with his months-long girlfriend (Angeline Quinto). (Read: Here’s A Look Back on Bea Alonzo’s Most Iconic Kapamilya Roles)
But it’s also more complex than that, as the dynamics between the sisters, their mother (Connie Reyes), and significant others (Sam Milby, Bernard Palanca, Janus del Prado) will show. Not at all preachy and in your face, these three Catholic values stand out in the movie that captures the drama and closeness of Filipino families.
In the beginning of the film, the sisters assemble a pile of crackers of different fillings as a Christmas present to Jesus. While at the manger, they ask the Baby Jesus to please make their parents (and their bond as sisters) tight—and squeeze in a request for a little brother. Guess what? Spoiler alert: The girls got what they asked for. (Read: Pope Francis Establishes Ministry of Catechist)
Such is what happens when you pray from the heart. “God always answers,” said Pope Francis. “Maybe today, tomorrow, but He always answers, in one way or another.”
From a mother asking her children to pardon her shortcomings as a single parent, to feuding sisters reconciling, and a daughter coming clean after keeping a deep, dark secret, forgiveness is a constant theme of this movie. “There is no such thing as the perfect family,” reminded Pope Francis. “Only by the daily exercise of forgiveness can a family grow.”
Still, asking for forgiveness and forgiving someone are two of the hardest things to do. So don’t be so hard on yourself. Face it when you’re truly ready and sincere, and respect the fact that others need more time to heal and move forward.
Siblings supporting a sister who was cheated on by her boyfriend, a quiet mother boldly coming forward to the defense of her kids, an orphan secretly returning to his roots—all these are proof of the extent one will take for the love for family. After all, “The family is the greatest treasure of any country,” said Pope Francis. (Read: LOOK: These 4 Popes Took Family Lessons To Heart And To Their Papacy!)