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Jay is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baron Geisler ...
Jay Santiago
Coco Martin ...
Edward Navarro
Flor Salanga ...
Luzviminda Mercado
Angelica Rivera ...
Jennifer Mercado
Rjay Payawal ...
Jay Mercado
J.C. Santos ...
Larry
Jericho Espiritu ...
Jerry Mercado
Carlo Mendoza ...
TV Cameraman
Karla Pambid ...
News Reporter / 'Mother' TV Producer
Peewee O'Hara ...
Ateng Girlie, Espiritista
Willy Cunanan ...
Mr. Enrico Andaya / 'JC'
Ernie Enrique ...
Town Mayor
Joven Gabuyo ...
Masseur
Ryan Mark Molina ...
Policeman 1
Chrome Prince Cosio ...
Policeman 2
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Jay is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay recreates and examines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he unravels his subject's hidden life and secret love. Written by Anonymous

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4 February 2009 (Philippines)  »

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The pink chick burial sequence was not originally part of the screenplay. It was included for thematic point after the pink chick was accidentally killed when the coffin's head panel closed down. This can be seen in the sequence when Jay Santiago, with Carlo the cameraman behind the coffin, is arranging the first meeting of Edward Navarro and Luzviminda Mercado in the wake for television exploitation. See more »

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Was it all an act?
30 March 2010 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Here's a kind of film I've been dying to see... and Coco Martin is in it.

This peculiar docudrama is about two gay Jays - one of them just died (or was it all a show? strange story...) and the other one is a reporter telling the former's story. We are taken to the story of the dead guy's loved ones with much emphasis on the stories of his mother (Salanga) and his timid ex-boyfriend (Martin). The whole film turns out to be a presentation of reporter Jay's (Geisler) research of the story and lust for accomplishment.

Expecting a typical gay film with a sappy formula, the film turned out to be an often funny satire of the Filipino media. Baron's subtle portrayal puts on screen how the monsters of the press truly interact. The mother of the deceased falls victim to the reporter's desire to finish his meaty subject. This is apparent during the retaking of her crying-in-the-morgue scene. Meanwhile, Jay contains frank dialogue, odd editing sequences, a rich and charming performance from Coco Martin and a completely ravishing turn from Baron Geisler. I've never seen anything like it before.

But the film also made me scratch my head when I saw the ending... was it all just the finished project of Jay? Was it all an act?

Whatever. I suggest you guys watch this brilliant film.


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