The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros Review

The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros
A gay youngster in Manila is caught between his shady family and his affection for a local cop.

by David Parkinson |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jun 2007

Running Time:

100 minutes

Certificate:

15

Original Title:

Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros, The

This is an unexpectedly touching tale that tackles the taboo topic of adolescent sexuality with admirable restraint. The harsh realities of Manila create a stark backdrop for the conspicuous campness of tweenager Nathan Lopez, whose cosy relationships with his shady father and thuggish brothers are compromised when he gets a crush on the new cop on the block.

The quasi-religious nature of Lopez’s adoration tempers any innocent eroticism, but director Auraeus Solito allows the action to become increasingly melodramatic after sibling Neil Ryan Sese murders a student.

Ably capturing the vibrant amorality of its Manila setting, this touching, but ultimately melodramatic rite of passage is dominated by the camp innocence of its tweenage star.
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