The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros)
Wednesday, 26 September
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium
Directed by Auraeus Solito
Philippines, 2006, 100 minutes
Tagalog with English Subtitles
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. – Independent Spirit Awards
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