Rent Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)

3.6 of 5 from 77 ratings
1h 40min
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Twelve year old Maxi lives with his widower father and two older brothers in the slums of Manila. His mother has passed away, leaving the male contingent of his family to turn to petty crime to earn a better living. Meanwhile, Maxi takes on the role of surrogate mother by cooking, cleaning, and sewing for them. Things get complicated when Maxi meets and falls for Victor, a rookie cop who has an axe to grind with the local criminals. As events start to spiral out of control, Maxi has to make a choice; either to stay loyal to the family he mothers, or to Victor, the object of his affection.
, , J.R. Valentin, , , , Elmo Redrico, Ivan Camacho, Lucito Lopez, Jett Desalesa, Anastacio Cruz, Roychell Torre, Peter Anthony Tumbaga, Edwin Pamanian, Rodney Luengu, Claudine Najera, Rebecca Padilla, Arnold Cruz, Julius Ray Caringal, Buck Harold Pago
Auraeus Solito
Michiko Yamamoto
Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros
Peccadillo Pictures
Lesbian & Gay, Romance

2006 Berlinale Teddy Award

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Run Time:
100 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, Tagalog Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
  • Director's Commentary
  • Q&A with Director

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Superbly directed - Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros review by TB

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Tackling the subject of pre-teen sexuality and coming-of-age can be a minefield but the director nailed this with great sensitivity and beauty.

A lovely and innocent story of young emotions and the feeling of love and infactuation. Maxi was a great character and really well played by the young actor. The story delivered on lots of levels being filmed amongst the criminality in the slums of Manila and the struggles of families and the crimes that they turn to in order to survive. While interweaving with a story of love that culminates in a powerful scene towards the end of the film (the whistling; you’ll know when you watch it).

I really enjoyed the depths of this film and the great directing in not flinching away from showing the raw truth of the ways of life in these slums and the beauty of love.

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