Actors: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz, J.R. Valentin
Director: Auraeus Solito
From Gay Essential
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) is a 2005 film directed by Auraeus Solito. It stars Nathan Lopez as Maxi, a colourful young boy living in Manila, who comes into a physical clash with some locals, and is saved by policeman Victor (J.R. Valentin).
Winner of 24 International Film Festival Awards including “BEST FILM”, “BEST SCREENPLAY” and “BEST DIRECTOR”
“It’s hard to resist the raucous, vivacious tone encapsulated in its bold, vibrant wardrobe and set dressing and Lopez’s charming and affecting pivotal performance, all of which yields a vivid sense of a capital city rarely seen on screen.”
— Time Out
“Maximo Olivares transcends the Euro-American model of gay teen movies, in which: 1. The teen believes that there are no other gay people in the universe; 2. Everyone is horrifically homophobic; 3. Everyone is horribly depressed.”
— Boomer Beefcake and Bonding
“Like Maximo, who traipses the streets of Manila’s Sampaloc slums, the film breezes through its 102 minutes with childlike innocence.”
— A Persistent Vision
- Format: Dolby, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
- Run Time: 100 minutes
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