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The Masseur (2005)

Masahista (original title)
Iliac works in a massage parlor where the gay clients are given more than a shoulder kneading and back rub. When Iliac's father dies he must reconcile his job as a sex worker with the rest of his family.

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Brillante Mendoza

Writers:

Ferdinand Lapuz (based on an original story), Brillante Mendoza (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coco Martin ... Iliac
Jaclyn Jose ... Naty
Allan Paule ... Alfredo / Marina Hidalgo (as Alan Paule)
Katherine Luna ... Tessa
R.U. Miranda R.U. Miranda ... Lorena
Aaron Rivera Aaron Rivera ... Maldon (as Aaron Christian Rivera)
Arianne Camille Rivera Arianne Camille Rivera ... Faye
Ronaldo Bertubin Ronaldo Bertubin ... Manager
Norman Pineda Norman Pineda ... Edmond
John Baltazar John Baltazar ... Anthony
Jan-el Esturco Jan-el Esturco ... Errand Boy
Erlinda Cruz Erlinda Cruz ... Jean
Rose Mendoza Rose Mendoza ... Rose
Mary Anne de la Cruz Mary Anne de la Cruz ... Jean (as Mary Anne dela Cruz)
Maximiano Sultan Maximiano Sultan ... Rodel
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Iliac works in a massage parlor where the gay clients are given more than a shoulder kneading and back rub. When Iliac's father dies he must reconcile his job as a sex worker with the rest of his family.

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Drama

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

19 October 2005 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Toronto International Film Festival 2005
16 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

I saw this earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival with director and lead actor present.

Despite some graininess and jerkiness, this movie -- shot originally on mini-DV then blown up to 35mm, soon had the look and feel of a feature drama.

It's a serious drama about the life of a masseur in the Philippines. Though he has a girlfriend, he is in constant contact with male clients, always trying to up-sell on 'extra services'. But this is the background as the father of the masseur passes away, and the economic and family linkages become clearer. These events then set off a rather challenging journey for the protagonist -- work, family, girlfriend, and the one/main client who seems to return for more.

Just how can one survive? This is a moving tale with a strong feel for the real life of a young masseur and the life he lives. While I don't expect this movie will make widespread distribution in North America, or even limited distribution, perhaps in the Philippines it will be watched for a seemingly very realistic look into the life and challenges of young men in the massage + extra services industry.


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