MASAHISTA

V'05

MASAHISTA

MASSEUR, THE

Brilliante Mendoza
Philippinen, 2005
Fiction, 80min, OmeU

MASAHISTA

Brilliante Mendoza
Philippinen, 2005
Fiction, 80min, OmeU

Cast: 
Coco Martin
Iliac
José Jaclyn
Alan Paule
Paule Alan
Screenplay: 
Boots Agbayani Pastor
Sound: 
Rudy Gonzales
Camera: 
Timmy Jimenez
Monchie Redoble
Editor: 
Nonoy Dadivas
Composer: 
Jerrold Tarog
Decoration: 
Benjamin Padero
Costume: 
Benjamin Padero

Production: 
Gee Films International 15/F Strata 100 Bldg. Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig City, Philippinen T 2 637 38 50 gee-ent@pldtdsl.net
World Sales: 
Ignatius Films Canada 3361 The Credit Woodlands L5C 2J9 Ontario, Kanada T 90 52 72 81 23 flapuz@ica.net
Format: 
35 mm
Color

PROPOSITIONS – Twelve Selected Films

The neon sign for the «Maharlika», a gay massage salon, illuminates a little earthen courtyard and suggests total discretion. A young man with a still child-like face, Iliac works there, performing the same ritual for every client: the undressing and the oil massage, prelude to the inevitable sexual transaction that follows. But one morning, Iliac learns his father has just died. What follows are the customary rituals, traditions that must be respected and carried out in full view: wearing black, the widow sits besides the deceased, the eldest son carries the coffin to the cemetery, assisted by male relatives. Masahista uses the contrasting ambiances to skilfully dramatise and compare two representations of duty: the ritual owed to the dead and that, hidden, which is owed to the client who has come to trade money for sexual intimacy.