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  • Le masseur
  • The Masseur
  • by Brillante Mendoza
  • Philippines
  • 80.0 mins
  • Festival: 2005
  • Section: Video Competition

Awards: Golden Leopard Video C.P. Company

The film
The neon sign for the ĞMaharlikağ, 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 (Iliac) 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 the dead and that, hidden, which is owed to the client who has come to trade money for sexual intimacy.

Production Year: 2005

Production country: Philippines

Runtime: 80.0 mins


Director: Brillante Mendoza

Screenplay: Boots Agbayani Pastor

Cinematography: Timmy Jimenez, Monchie Redoble

Music: Jerold Tarug

Sound: Rudy Gonzales

Editing: Nonoy Dadivas

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Production:  Gee Films International

World Sales:  Ignatius Films

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