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In a gripping confrontation scene, legitimate wife Charmaine Escaler (Cristine Reyes, right) tells off mistress Kara Zalderiaga (Anne Curtis, left): "Marriage is like an exclusive village. Kailangan mo bantayan para hindi makapasok ang mga squatter!" To this, the infuriated Kara retorts: "Call me anything you want—snake, bitch—but you can never call me a pathetic, boring housewife!" Ram Escaler (Derek Ramsay, middle) is the object of attention of the two feuding characters in No Other Woman.   No Other Woman has been graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and rated R-13 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. This Star Cinema and Viva Films co-production is currently being screened in cinemas nationwide.

The day comes when Charmaine discovers that Ram is having an affair. The scene is a high point in the film.

But it doesn't end there.

Another theme that No Other Woman plays up is that of obsession. Anne Curtis's character embodies that. At the outset, she swears off love and toys with the men whocome her way. She is thus taught a painful lesson: the only person she ever learned to love is "unfortunately married!" 

To add to Anne's troubles, the character Cristine plays may be good-natured and gentle, but when she unleashes the warrior inside her, she is ferocious.

She is also backed by a feisty mother (Carmi Martin), who pushes her to fight for her man. In what will probably be iconic lines in the next years, Carmi exhorts Cristine with these words: "Ang asawa 'pag may suki nang kabit, dun ka na lalaban! I-pack up mo na si Lucy Torres, ilabas mo na si Gretchen Barretto...Anak, ako na ang bahala sa red stilettos mo!"

In No Other Woman, not one of the women comes off as a victim. Neither is stigmatized by the man who cheats them. Instead they come off as empowered beings who confront their battles and fight for their relationships. They endure. They take the pain of loving until their hearts can bear no more.

As the film draws to a close, the scenes turn even more riveting. The characters of Cristine and Anne face off in a series of intense confrontations that can leave the weak of heart limp.

A poignant scene finds Cristine, after a major brawl with Anne (where both of them are in skimpy bikinis), confronts Ram to ask the inevitable question: "Why?" Here, the wife takes centerstage and the husband wilts.

No Other Woman is introspective. It makes the audience ponder the very concept of love as an emotion. Is love something that just gives pleasure? Is the joy it gives enough reason to pursue it beyond all reason?

At the end of the film, the message is clear: Know your limits. Know where you stand. When matters get out of hand, know how to recoup.

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