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The Masseur (2005)

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

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Allan Paule ...
Alfredo / Marina Hidalgo (as Alan Paule)
Katherine Luna ...
Tessa
R.U. Miranda ...
Lorena
Aaron Rivera ...
Maldon (as Aaron Christian Rivera)
Arianne Camille Rivera ...
Faye
Roni Bertubin ...
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Norman Pineda ...
Edmond
John Baltazar ...
Anthony
Jan-el Esturco ...
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Erlinda Cruz ...
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Rose Mendoza ...
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Mary Anne de la Cruz ...
Jean (as Mary Anne dela Cruz)
Maximiano Sultan ...
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Toronto International Film Festival 2005
16 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival with director and lead actor present.

Despite some graininess and jerkiness, this movie -- shot originally on mini-DV then blown up to 35mm, soon had the look and feel of a feature drama.

It's a serious drama about the life of a masseur in the Philippines. Though he has a girlfriend, he is in constant contact with male clients, always trying to up-sell on 'extra services'. But this is the background as the father of the masseur passes away, and the economic and family linkages become clearer. These events then set off a rather challenging journey for the protagonist -- work, family, girlfriend, and the one/main client who seems to return for more.

Just how can one survive? This is a moving tale with a strong feel for the real life of a young masseur and the life he lives. While I don't expect this movie will make widespread distribution in North America, or even limited distribution, perhaps in the Philippines it will be watched for a seemingly very realistic look into the life and challenges of young men in the massage + extra services industry.


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