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Die Beautiful (2016)

Friends attend the wake of Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman. They look back into the her life as she faces the adversities and triumphs of living as a transgender in Filipino society

Director:

Jun Lana (as Jun Robles Lana)

Writers:

Rody Vera (screenplay), Jun Lana (story) (as Jun Robles Lana)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Ballesteros ... Trisha
Christian Bables ... Barbs
Joel Torre ... Father of Trisha
Gladys Reyes ... Beth
Luis Alandy ... Jesse
Albie Casiño ... Migs
Inah de Belen ... Shirley Mae
IC Mendoza ... Paola
Cedrick Juan ... Erika
Lou Veloso ... Flora
Mimi Juareza ... Mother Celine
Iza Calzado ... Iza Calzado
Eugene Domingo ... Mau Mau Zaldriaga
Jade Lopez ... Diana
Kokoy de Santos ... Miko
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Storyline

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha's friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led - being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Facebook | Official site [Japan]

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

22 July 2017 (Japan) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Definitely one of the best LGBT movies there is..
9 January 2017 | by plsletitrainSee all my reviews

This is a good movie for a society which has become appreciative of LGBTs over time. The movie tells the story (and struggles) of Trisha Echevarria (Paolo Ballesteros), a transgender who was disowned by his rich father and survived on his own by joining beauty contests. He adopted a young girl and raised the family by the meager amounts he get from joining these pageants. Typical struggles of transgenders were given emphasis in the film: discrimination from the family, from the community, and from men. The title is Die Beautiful because it shows his life in throwback form: he starts dead here. He instructed his bestfriend that in case he dies, he should be shown beautiful in his coffin. He has to look like "someone" in all the 7 days of his wake.

The two-hour runtime may seem long to some, but I even think it was not enough. I wanted to see more. I even expected it to be light-hearted all through out because gay humor. But what I didn't expect is that it was very heartwarming and dramatic. Paolo Ballesteros deserved the awards that he got (both local and international) because he did really cement his role perfectly. He was a boy, he was a gay, he was a celebrity, became a transgender--all in this film! He was a son, a daughter, a sibling, a mother, a bestfriend, a pageant candidate, and a celebrity look-alike. Paolo Ballesteros has now become a household name because of this.

I have to give a shout-out to the other lead star in the film: Christian Bables. He was perfect in his role as the bestfriend of Trisha. Both leads were amazing in their portrayals.

Highly recommended.


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