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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
"Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  4 April 2007 (France)
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A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lopez ...
Maxi Oliveros
Soliman Cruz ...
Paco Oliveros
J.R. Valentin ...
Victor Perez
Neil Ryan Sese ...
Boy Oliveros
Ping Medina ...
Bogs Oliveros
Bodjie Pascua ...
New Sergeant
Elmo Redrico ...
Sarge
Ivan Camacho ...
Art
Lucito Lopez ...
Pulis
Jett Desalesa ...
Leslie - Maxi's friend (as Sir Jett Desalesa)
Anastacio Cruz ...
Nar - Maxi's friend
Roychell Torre ...
Monique - Maxi's friend
Peter Anthony Tumbaga ...
Peter - Maxi's friend
Edwin Pamanian ...
Isko
Rodney Luengu ...
Mang Axel
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Can a 12-year old lad who wishes he were a girl navigate the mean streets of Manila? Maxi cooks, cleans, and sews for his father and older brothers who are petty criminals. He's sweet, clever and hardworking, at ease with being gay, pinning a flower in his hair, swinging his hips when he walks, vamping with friends. He's seen adults hug and kiss and he's watched romantic movies, so on the verge of puberty, he develops a crush on Victor, a kindly young cop. Maxi's heart and loyalties are on a collision course: Victor is investigating crimes that lead him to Maxi's family. In the land of the morning, is there a place for this child of the sun returning? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Besides the main actors, the other people we see in the movie are the director's real neighbors. See more »

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Victor: You know what? You're very pretty this morning.
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A beautiful and cutting-edge film
5 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the San Francisco Film Festival... it is really a beautifully done film that has both good laughs and good drama. It is amazing that this film was produced for about $10,000 US and was shot in 13 days in the director's own hometown neighborhood. This film will surprise you with its frankness and honesty, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I've seen plenty of boring and trite or irrelevant films at film festivals. This film is certainly worthy of your time and may change the way you look at poverty, at gay people, and at the nature of families and the love of parent and child, sibling and sibling. It is also a wonderful "barrio" film in the tradition of "Macho Dancer," but I think it does that film one better. I would definitely see this movie once or twice again. It is easily as good as any Hollywood film.


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