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The Masseur (2005)

Masahista (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 19 October 2005 (Philippines)
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.

Director:

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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A very engaging small film
19 October 2005 | by bastian_foxSee all my reviews

It's a great victory for Filipinos to have won in the Locarno film festival. Low budget digital film is the saving grace for the dying Philippine film industry. And with the surge of interest in producing this kind of films, young brilliant Filipino film makers are given a chance to shine.

Masahista is a very engaging film even if it's done with a shoestring budget. It gives you a very realistic view of the life of a young man trying to survive poverty by offering massage and sexual services.

Filmed documentary style with occasional graininess and shaky camera angles, the film never the less engages you to the life of the "masahista" (masseur) and those people around him.

I particularly like the way Brillantes weave his story. There's this scene where he moves from the the protagonist life as a masseur, doing his thing in the massage parlor then intertwining to his life as a dutiful son consoling his mother and helping in preparing his father for burial then intertwining it again to the massage scene.

Try to catch this one if ever it's shown in your area.


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