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The Masseur (2005)

Masahista (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 19 October 2005 (Philippines)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Paule ...
Alfredo / Marina Hidalgo (as Alan Paule)
R.U. Miranda ...
Aaron Rivera ...
Maldon (as Aaron Christian Rivera)
Arianne Camille Rivera ...
Ronaldo Bertubin ...
Norman Pineda ...
John Baltazar ...
Jan-el Esturco ...
Errand Boy
Erlinda Cruz ...
Rose Mendoza ...
Mary Anne de la Cruz ...
Jean (as Mary Anne dela Cruz)
Maximiano Sultan ...


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Well-deserved awards..
16 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Award-winning movie from highly-acclaimed Philippine director Brillante Mendoza. This movie steeled my perception of what indie films look like:a low-budget film with superb acting and a story that touches on some moral and social issues(sometimes controversial). One thing this movie boasts of is the acting even from newcomer Coco Martin. Now on to the story...Although standing-alone it is an eye-opener movie that depicts the plight of masseurs, I thought that some scenes are too overt and sexually explicit yet unnecessary. For the benefit of anyone who has no idea of what I'm talking about, the story's about a masseur(Iliac) who caters to gay clientele. Just some incentive and you'll get something more than a massage. The film only centers on two parts of his life:when his estranged father died and his client for the night.. someone who called himself as Marina. He is a bread-winner therefore he has to strive harder and because money is faster in this field, he succumbed to it. Don't get me wrong, I love the movie and its depth. The movie is beyond the shaky cam or the amount of sensual scenes of this movie. I'm not someone to judge these masseurs but I thought that this movie realistically portrayed them and their situation. What I find as a letdown on this movie as what I mentioned is some scenes that are in my opinion unnecessary and just drags the movie longer without touching on the story and bringing it forward to another level. The movie could do well with lessening some sensual parts that are repetitive and just depicts one point anyway, so might as well just cut some of them and then probably do some other story(a sneak at another masseur's life to get a better glimpse of their situation as a whole, perhaps). Also, there were some scenes that seem very long..like walking that will take around 3 minutes of the movie, or just staring at another one's face that will eat 5 minutes of the movie. Something of that sort. But judging the movie in its entirety, I can say that this film certainly deserved the citations it got.

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