The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

Director: Auraeus Solito Cast: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz, JR Valentin
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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
psychoanalist1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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