Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Coming of Age

Nathan Lopez as Maxi


AURAEUS Solito’s “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (Maximo Oliveros’s Coming of Age) won Best Film at the Asian Festival of First Films (AFFF) held in Singapore late last month, topping 22 finalists and picked from 233 entries from all over the world.

This is the inaugural year of AFFF, which counted among its jurors National Geographic executive Bryan Smith of Australia, writer-actor Teddy Chen of Hong Kong, and filmmakers Pan Nalin of France, Sudhir Mishra of India and Peter Friedman of the United States.

It would be unfair for me to fully comment on “Ang Pagdadalaga” since I haven’t watched it yet on its entirety. The first few parts that I did during its screening at the University of the Philippines Film Institute at Diliman, however, made me look the other way.

Lopez and JR Valentin (as Victor)

I left the theater even before I reached across one-fourth of the movie, as I found the scenes and screenplay very unrealistic for a movie that supposedly deals with social realism. I just couldn’t sit through the scene wherein the policeman (who rescues Maxi from bad boys in the streets) piggybacks Maxi home to his family, despite him not being injured or distressed.

Well, as a late friend of mine said, “You can’t argue with success!”



At 9:43 PM, Blogger warren Paul said...

wow this story amaze me it can create a big factor to our country for its values that can reflects the reality of our physical world. Maxi is intelligent in-spite of being in the family of thieves but still she still have a dignity to create a goodness for other people.
i think this movie can be one of the greatest of all time not only in the Philippines but we can show to other countries that we have a pride for making a film and we are proud of it.


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