December 03, 2005

Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo

I watched Harry Potter IV last week and this week it's 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo' of Cinemalaya.


Wow. A big wow.


It is incredibly simple but so great and heavy in effect. It just tugs your insides to see the life of a 12 year old or so homosexual in the company of a loving and supportive family of petty criminals surviving day to day life in an urban poor community. It says that many Filipinos are in seemingly hopeless situations where bad things are so inculcated, the only way to go is down there. Well, he met this likeable policeman who encourages him to change and uplift their condition, but in the end, his crush goes with the flow anyway.


There is a scene showing an alcoholic sitting all day in front of a dilapitated out of tune piano and like everyone, he has dreams that he can never reach simply because he has no means to do it - dreams that are so out there they are almost impossible.


The movie ends with Maximo going back to school, which says that no matter how hard, one has to do something. It may succeed. It may not. The good thing is that Maximo did something. It is also the only way to go.

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