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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Desiree Del Valle ...
Bembol Roco
Carlo Aquino
Vanna Garcia ...
Ama Quiambao
Pen Medina
Nor Domingo
Edwin Pamanian
Jess Evardone
Lui Manansala
Madeleine Nicolas ...
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Elmo Redrico
Rebecca Padilla


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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Brave Film
20 February 2007 | by (Uganda) – See all my reviews

TULI is the story of a woman who lives in a very conservative barrio (small town) ruled by men. Her father is the town's circumciser. He is abusive and a drunkard. Since she was young, she has always seen women being maltreated and objectified. Instead of growing up as one of the women who waits hand and foot for their men, Desiree's character grown to be quite the opposite. She's strong, brave and fought for her love that transverses the town's culture and beliefs.

First of all, bravo to Viva Films for getting this kind of film made. It was a very bold move. And it paid off.

TULI's setting was in a very conservative barrio, where everyone knows anyone. There are two main characters in the story, the main one is Desiree's, and the other one is Carlo's.

Carlo is the only uncircumcised man in the barrio. For this, he was humiliated by all, as being uncircumcised means you are not yet a man.

Desiree has seen the how women are badly treated. She has seen this first-hand from her father, who drinks all the time and beats up their family.

Enter Vanna, Desiree's childhood playmate. She was left by her boyfriend. Desiree to the rescue. She has always admired Vanna, and the two formed a relationship which is more than friendship. Their love blossomed. They both wanted a child, and they seek Carlo to provide the missing ingredient. When the townsfolk knew about this, they formed an angry mob, but in the end, love won over hate.

I love this film. I can't emphasize this enough, this is a very brave film, considering that this is a Filipino film. No dancing, or toilet humor or shooting guns here. Just a wonderful, wonderful love story between two women. When I was watching this film and I haven't seen the ending, I thought "uh, huh. Typical, the other woman would probably run away with a man, or one of them will be dead or both of them will be dead." Boy, was I wrong.

Desiree's acting was magnificent. You can really empathize with her character. In my opinion, she could be one of the of the most beautiful actresses in the Philippine cinema today.

Her character was calm, but strong. Proving my point that you don't have to over-act to get the message across the screen. Her eyes speak to you.

Pinoy's who grew up in a foreign land will appreciate this film, since it shows a lot of our old Filipino culture, especially during the Lenten season, which is coming up.

Although I love the story, the pacing of the film was slow and boring. There were also some "shaky moments" with the cameras.

I highly recommend this film. Film buffs will appreciate this. It goes to show that not all Pinoy films are stupid, sexist and shoots at being commercial box office success only. Pinoy films can also be intelligent and brave, like this one.

Sad to say, I read that this film was banned in the Philippines. I think that's a stupid move. When are you gonna grow up, people? Open your minds! This is a must-see and must-add to your collection. I hope that this film is not the first and last of its kind in the Philippine cinema.

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