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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (original title)
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

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Cast

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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Also Known As:

Feslő bimbó - Maxi legszebb évei  »

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Joey Pepe Smith who plays the piano man being teased by the kids is the one who scored the film. See more »

Quotes

Older Boy: Maxi, you're pretty.
Maxi: I'm always pretty.
Older Boy: Let's see if it's smooth.
[Maxi is attacked and stripped]
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »

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Isipin Mo Na Lang
Written by Mike Villegas
Performed by Bayang Barrios
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An eye opener
9 July 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a young effeminate boy from a criminal family, who falls for a hunky local policeman in a deprived part of Manila.

A young transvestite boy, possibly transgendered as well,falling in love with a policeman. And it is hinted that the policeman has equal feelings towards him too! I would have thought such a topic should be taboo. The family is so accepting of Maximos that I find it really touching. I am quite in awe that the Filipino society is so accepting of the gay and transgender people.

As for the film, they use loads of natural lighting almost exclusively, so scenes are too dark most of the time. There is even a scene when the family watches TV without lights on! And they did not use a wide enough lens to film scenes in the house either. But these are only minor issues. The main thing is that the story itself is beautiful and brutal at the same time. "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros" is quite an eye opener for me.


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