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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 April 2007 (France)
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

Director:

Auraeus Solito

Writer:

Michiko Yamamoto (story and screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lopez ... Maxi Oliveros
Soliman Cruz ... Paco Oliveros
J.R. Valentin J.R. Valentin ... Victor Perez
Neil Ryan Sese ... Boy Oliveros
Ping Medina ... Bogs Oliveros
Bodjie Pascua ... New Sergeant
Elmo Redrico Elmo Redrico ... Sarge
Ivan Camacho Ivan Camacho ... Art
Lucito Lopez Lucito Lopez ... Pulis
Jett Desalesa Jett Desalesa ... Leslie - Maxi's friend (as Sir Jett Desalesa)
Anastacio Cruz Anastacio Cruz ... Nar - Maxi's friend
Roychell Torre Roychell Torre ... Monique - Maxi's friend
Peter Anthony Tumbaga Peter Anthony Tumbaga ... Peter - Maxi's friend
Edwin Pamanian ... Isko
Rodney Luengu Rodney Luengu ... Mang Axel
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Storyline

Can a 12-year old lad who wishes he were a girl navigate the mean streets of Manila? Maxi cooks, cleans, and sews for his father and older brothers who are petty criminals. He's sweet, clever and hardworking, at ease with being gay, pinning a flower in his hair, swinging his hips when he walks, vamping with friends. He's seen adults hug and kiss and he's watched romantic movies, so on the verge of puberty, he develops a crush on Victor, a kindly young cop. Maxi's heart and loyalties are on a collision course: Victor is investigating crimes that lead him to Maxi's family. In the land of the morning, is there a place for this child of the sun returning? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

4 April 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Feslő bimbó - Maxi legszebb évei See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,690, 22 September 2006, Limited Release
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Trivia

Both Nathan Lopez and his identical twin Gammy auditioned for the title role of Maximo Oliveros. Nathan won the part. See more »

Quotes

Maxi: I bet you're ugly when you're angry.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Silungan
Written by Jaq Esquivias (as J. Esquivias), Brian Sergio (as S. Sergio), Dru Ubaldo (as D. Ubaldo)
Performed by Whatevurittakes
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An unexpected delight
3 April 2007 | by marcelproustSee all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect on sitting down to watch The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros. Only knowing a few details of the plot - a young Philippino boy, the slums of Manila, a cop - I was worried that this was not likely to be the feelgood film of 2007!

How wrong I was. This film is one of the most unexpected delights of recent years, anchored by a central performance from 12-year-old Nathan Lopez that is dazzlingly mature and breathtakingly charming. Although the film does veer into melodramatic territory in the predictable conflict between JR Valentin's young cop and Maxi's family of petty criminals, the central storyline of Maxi's crush on the hunky policeman is handled with tremendous sensitivity, humour and warmth.

In a perfect world performances like Lopez's would gather awards like daffodils, but in the absence of any trophies I hope he's happy to have created such a memorable character. If your heart doesn't break watching Maxi's story, chances are you have no heart to break.


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