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Miguel/Michelle (1998)

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Miguel, a young man from Quezon province, leaves the Philippines for the U.S. After seven years, he returns home, and his family discovers he has had a sex change operation and is now ... See full summary »

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Romnick Sarmenta ...
Miguel / Michelle de la Cruz
Gloria Diaz ...
Tinang
Ray Ventura ...
Nano
Cris Villanueva ...
Julio
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Sonia
Gandong Cervantes ...
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Miguel, a young man from Quezon province, leaves the Philippines for the U.S. After seven years, he returns home, and his family discovers he has had a sex change operation and is now Michelle. She declares she will stay until her family accepts her. This proves iffy: mom is embarrassed by the scandal; dad is angry and rejecting, feeling his own manhood undermined. In a sub-plot, M/M's best friend Julio, whom M/M knows is gay, announces his engagement to Sonja. Michelle tries to talk Julio out of the marriage. Julio and Sonja's decisions, Michelle's changing relationship with her tatay, and her own need to confront anew the nature of her sexuality complete the film. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He left Manila a boy ... and came home a woman!

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8 July 1998 (Philippines)  »

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Not just a 'gay movie'
28 January 2002 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

There is so much good stuff going on in this film. First of all, just being able to find a film from the philippines is a treat in and of itself. This one tells the story of a young man who goes to the US and then returns to his family and friends in the Philippines as a woman. The film traces the struggle of the family and community to accept the new Miguel/Michelle. Cinemagraphically, it does this through scenes showing the family doing the 'old traditions' they always have. The most remarkable scene in the film (I won't give it all away here) is one in which Miguel/Michelle uses a skill his father taught him as a boy when his life is threatened. The film also gives the viewer rare glimpses into the culture and language of the Philippine GLBT community. SEE THIS MOVIE!!!


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