The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

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An effeminate 12-year-old who dutifully plays mother to his criminal father and older siblings experiences a crisis of conscience after befriending an honest Manila cop in the sophomore feature from director Auraeus Solito. A young innocent whose devotion to his family finds him taking the place of his own deceased mother, Maxi spends most of his days cooking and doing the household chores. In the evening hours, Maxi can often be found on the streets shopping and taking in a film at the local DVD stand with the ...
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An effeminate 12-year-old who dutifully plays mother to his criminal father and older siblings experiences a crisis of conscience after befriending an honest Manila cop in the sophomore feature from director Auraeus Solito. A young innocent whose devotion to his family finds him taking the place of his own deceased mother, Maxi spends most of his days cooking and doing the household chores. In the evening hours, Maxi can often be found on the streets shopping and taking in a film at the local DVD stand with the many homeless children who seek a momentary escape from their bleak existence. When Maxi is rescued from a group of local thugs late one night by kindly rookie police officer Victor, his attraction to the kind-hearted and trustworthy Victor soon finds him torn between the criminal behavior of his family and his desire to follow a more honorable path in life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • UPC: 807839002935
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Tla
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathan Lopez Maximo "Maxi" Oliveros
Soliman Cruz Mang Paco Oliveros/Maxi's Father
JR Valentin Victor Perez/Policeman
Neil Ryan Sese Boy Oliveros/Maxi's Brother
Ping Medina Bog Oliveros/Maxi's Brother
Bodjie Pascua Police Chief
Elmo Redrico Sgt. Dominguez
Ivan Camacho Art
Lucito Lopez Pulis/Friend Of Maxi
Sir Jett Desalesa Leslie
Anastacio Cruz Nar
Roychell Torre Monique
Peter Anthony Tumbaga Peter
Edwin Pamanian Isko
Rodney Luengu Mang Axel
Claudine Najena Janet
Rebecca Padilla Lolet
Arnold Cruz Onnie
Julius Ray Caringal Erik
Buck Harold Pago Rey
Remedios Calinangan Sally
The Community Of Gulpit Street Themselves
Technical Credits
Auraeus Solito Director, Co-producer
Kanakan Balintagos Editor
Jake Castro Original Story
Clint Catalan Production Designer
Emmanuel Dela Cruz Original Story
JD Domingo Editor
Christina Dy Production Designer
Tad ErmitaƱo Sound/Sound Designer
Lilly Esquillon Production Designer
Nap Jamir Cinematographer
Raymond Lee Producer
Raymond Lee Original Story, Producer
Marinet Lusanta Asst. Director, Production Manager
Paul Morales Choreography
Clang Sison Editor
Pepe Smith Score Composer
Ned Trespeces Original Story
Michiko Yamamoto Co-producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
1. Hey Maxi! [7:41]
2. What Are You Doing Here? [6:56]
3. Miss Universe Pageant! [9:15]
4. It'll Be Our Secret [8:24]
5. I Don't Want a Girlfriend [8:23]
6. Tell Me the Truth [8:39]
7. We'll Handle That Cop [7:35]
8. Braid My Hair [7:55]
9. Go Home Maxi [9:23]
10. Never Again [7:04]
11. Make Peace? [9:10]
12. My Sister Is So Pretty [10:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Photo Gallery
   Trailers
      Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
      Boy Culture
      Centimeters
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Philippino movie for cultural awareness

    We have shown this movie in "Reel Thinking" series of our institute.A real hit with the discussants and participating audience.The themes addressed include understanding Philippino families that live in Manila slums,an all male family,absence of mother and it's implications.Ofcourse the main theme of the movie growing up of Maximo Oliveros in this family with the emerging adolescence,it's viscitudes,gender development and how it was influnced by absence of mother,by familial needs,and complications with the introduction of socio-cultural changes,the "battle" iside and outside due to this conflict.
    The movie addresses these and many other sensitive issues with much ease,using humor,excellent acting,good directing.
    Worth watching this Filipino movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Touching, Tender Little Film of Love and Family

    THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) is a fine little surprise of a film, a film honored in many festivals yet one that has not had the theater life in the US that it deserves. Perhaps one of the major reasons for this lack of public recognition is the manner in which it has been promoted: the cover and comments suggests that this is a comic gay film about a cross-dressing teenager and that is simply not the meaning. This very sensitive verismo story, written with skill by Michiko Yamamoto, is a window into the life of a Filipino family living in the poverty section of Manila, a family of a father and three sons after the death of the mother figure, now supporting themselves on income from petty crimes. The youngest of these is Maximo (Nathan Lopez) who has assumed the mother's role in the household. Yes, he is effeminate, associates with others his age in private drag shows, but he is completely respected and loved by his father and two brothers who are grateful for the feminine role Maximo is filling. Because numbers games and selling stolen cell phones, etc. are the support of the family, naturally crimes are noticed by the police, most of whom can be paid off. Yet a new young and handsome recruit Victor (J.R. Valentin) moves into the neighborhood control and soon is protecting Maximo from bashing incidents and thus getting to know the family. Maximo sees Victor as a kind alternative man who represents a path out of poverty and crime and despite the age difference between the two, a tender relationship ensues: Victor protects Maximo, and Maximo nurtures the beaten Victor. And there is a beautiful very pure love relationship between these two that never borders on the physical. Tragedies are expected in this life and when they hit Maximo's family there are ramifications that follow, incidents that alter the way the family interacts and the way the relationship between Victor and Maximo changes. In a moment of sensitive storytelling the film ends with a surprising and illuminating gesture. Director Auraeus Solito knows how to push the story along, allowing us to view and understand what levels of poverty can drive people to do, and how important family bonds are in a society that is crippled by assaults from misunderstood events. The actors are all very natural - Nathan Lopez is able to capture our hearts as is JR Valentin as his 'hero' - and the family as portrayed by Soliman Cruz, Ping Medina, and Bodjie Pascua are well developed people with whom we can empathize despite their lives of crime. The cinematography by Nap Jamir is appropriately gritty and the musical score by Pepe Smith and Mike Villegas is primarily a solo guitar with occasional very beautiful vocal songs inserted. This is an important little film that has the courage to leave the meaning of the title, THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS, to the viewer. In Tagalog and English with subtitles. Grady Harp

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