The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros 2006

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

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Maxi (Nathan Lopez), a boy on the cusp of his teens, is already comfortable with his homosexual feelings. He dresses in girls' clothing and wears makeup, with nothing but acceptance from his family. When Maxi is assaulted one evening, Victor (J.R. Valentin), a police officer, comes to his aid. Maxi soon develops a crush on Victor, who shows a platonic affection for the young lad. The unorthodox friendship is strained when Victor's job leads him to Maxi's brothers and father.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

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    June 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    Empire Magazine
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  • One of the finest Filipino films, shimmering with folkloric charm without softening its view of the harshness and injustice of a life of poverty.

    September 28, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Preteen sexuality is a sensitive subject, but director Auraeus Solito handles it with dignity, never becoming exploitative.

    September 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • The newcomer Nathan Lopez delights as the flamboyantly gay Maxi, the youngest son in a family of thieves who falls in love with handsome police officer.

    September 21, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • A unusual and potent portrait of the Filipino undersoul.

    September 21, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

    John Anderson

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  • Aug 08, 2010
    Congested Manila slums project both the adorable and harsh everyday reality in the coming-of-age film <i>Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros</i> (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), a mesmerizing piece of actuality in the midst of poverty, crime, family, forbidden love and everything in between. The superb direction from Auraeus Solito brings to life the blunt and honest writing of Michiko Yamamoto that mainly revolves on the conflict between Maxi's affection for the young, handsome cop Victor and his family's criminal trade. Turning sharply from being light and charming into being brutal and sinister, the plot unveils Maxi's rather painful pursuit of his redemption. Amazingly, the film exhibits the acceptance and tolerance of his manly family and the unpleasant neighborhood for his homosexuality. Moreover, amidst the disagreeable society and culture, the Filipino virtues of family devotion and faith live on. It is also a picture of contrasts. The neighborhood remains in high spirits despite belonging to the third-world setting. Their apartment, though scarcely roomy, displays a cheery and relaxed atmosphere. The homosexuality is openly accepted despite the great influence of Roman Catholicism. Maxi is such a captivating blend of the cunning and the innocent, bubbly yet emotionally defenseless. Solito's knack for filmmaking that can actually stir such performance is incredible. Young, vibrant and talented Nathan Lopez carries out a performance that greatly fits the lead role and is splendidly complemented by the rest of the cast. In addition, the gripping cinematography from Nap Jamir and the compelling score from Pepe Smith essentially contributed toward the creation of a superior and exceptional feat. It is very uncommon for a film to pencil in an overpowering portrait of reality-based concept that truly lingers. What is even more gratifying is that this slice of brilliance Filipinos crafted is critically recognized around the globe. <i>Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros</i> is a jewel of the independent film industry that acts on each individual while instituting a humanitarian paradigm more than just of tolerance, but of nonbiased judgment.
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