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Tuli (2005)

 |  Drama  |  19 January 2007 (USA)
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Tuli (Filipino for circumcise) is the story of Daisy and her life in an isolated Philippine Province. Daisy's father is responsible for the circumcision of almost all the Males in town. ... See full summary »

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Desiree Del Valle ...
Daisy
Bembol Roco
Carlo Aquino
Vanna Garcia ...
Botchok
Ama Quiambao
Pen Medina
Nor Domingo
Edwin Pamanian
Jess Evardone
Lui Manansala
Madeleine Nicolas ...
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Elmo Redrico
Rebecca Padilla
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Tuli (Filipino for circumcise) is the story of Daisy and her life in an isolated Philippine Province. Daisy's father is responsible for the circumcision of almost all the Males in town. Daisy's father is also an abusive drunkard who abuses his wife and Daisy. Because of this Daisy creates a hatred towards her Father and Men. Daisy's father forces Daisy into a fixed marriage. Daisy doesn't want to marry the Man her Father chose for her. All the while Daisy's best friend is suffering herself. As is the tradition in this isolated Philippine town Daisy must follow in the footsteps of her Father and become the town's official circumciser. Daisy challenges the status quo and rebels against everything that she hates while a young Man defends her. Tuli is also the story of two best friends who deepen their relationship beyond friendship and a young Man willing to give Daisy everything he's got. In this rite of passage tale Daisy tells you her brutal and painful story... Tuli. Written by Destiny del Diosa

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Ultimately It Is A Woman Who Knows If You Are Cut To Be A Man.

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The screenplay written by Jimmy Flores of TULI won an award. The award was the Mina Salvador Screenplay Writing Contest of Viva Films. See more »

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there should be more movies like this
5 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but I'm definitely glad I saw it and I can't believe they banned it! There should be more Filipino movies like this.

"Tuli" (circumcision) is, strangely enough, a story about two women who live in a small village, friends since childhood, who gradually manage to fall in love. Which is not to say that it doesn't take up a number of social issues, and there are quite a few - wife/child-beating, the almost casual chauvinism towards women and equally commonplace homophobia, the way men will make fun of a guy who doesn't fit/seem macho enough and so on, but somehow these manage to become just the backdrop to the stories of Daisy, Nanding and Botchok. The movie handles these events in the same, almost matter-of-fact way Daisy does; she experiences or witnesses them everyday, but deftly tries to find a way to live a life true to herself despite them.

The movie's got a wonderful, wry sense of humor. The scene where Daisy rattles off one-word descriptions of each guy's penis to Botchok is hilarious! At the same time, "Tuli" refuses to be black-and-white simple. For example, it shows Daisy's mother genuinely grieving when her husband dies, even though he used to beat them up.

The scenes between Daisy and Botchok are sensual without being graphic. This is not the movie for people who want to see a lot of skin-on-skin girl play. There's no nudity, but there manages to be passion and fun.

"Tuli" is not perfect. The whole pagan sub-story felt out of place, and there are points where it gets slow and seems self-conscious about being an indie art film. That said, it deserves an extra star for having been made at all. If you can find a copy with English subtitles, give it a try.


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