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Reviewed by sharonmae PH / Joined sharonmae 2016
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Philippines, 2005, 100 minutes, SD LGBT, Coming of Age, Asian, Arthouse
This film  caused  quite a stir in the local cinema  world when it premiered and more so, when it  received recognition from countless film fests such as The Montreal World Film Festival in Quebec and  The Berlin International Film Festival.  This coming-of-age film of a  12-year old  gay , portrayed by Nathan Lopez was told genuinely and in a straight-forward manner.   In the opening scene one can observe a stark contrast on  the audio and visuals: while  the shots show the slums and the ugly part of Manila the audio plays a song by Yoyoy Villame that professes undying love for the Philippines and goes  on describing  how beautiful the country is.  Lopez  becomes  smitten by  a  young  policeman  (J.R. Valentin) who saved him from bullies and   he was later  shown daydreaming while the song in the background seems to profess what he feels. Some lines of the song, when translated goes like this: "My heart is like a moth, attracted to your light"     The cast  showed strong support for Lopez and  all these are seasoned  and notable local actors namely: Soliman Cruz (Lopez' father),  Neil Ryan Sese and Ping Medina,  who both play the roles of   Lopez' brothers.   I was  personally glad to see that  despite the tragedy that ensued (  the father was shot by a policeman) ,  the brothers  chose not to  get revenge but straightened their act. Lopez finally got to attend school again and   eventually overcame his fantasies for  his knight in shining armor.  
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