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Monday, June 22, 2009

entry arrow11:00 PM | Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginalaw?

Ang bawat bata ay naghahanap ng pagmamahal. Kung hindi magmumula sa magulang, baka sa iba niya ito matagpuan...

Dose is the much whispered-about film that provocatively tackles a theme that should be loudly talked about -- among families, in public, or even the Senate. The subject of pedophilia is controversial, and yet do we really know why such despicable acts happen? The answer is simple, and at the same time complicated. Love -- or the lack of it. Senedy Que's Dose dares to probe this premise in a disturbing story of Edy, an unloved 12 year-old boy (Golden Screen nominee for Breakthrough Performance of the Year Fritz Arvhie Chavez) who meets a lonely gardener (the multi-awarded actor Yul Servo). Their friendship blossoms into an affair that breaks moral bounds. Told from the point of view of the child, Dose is a film within a film that blurs the line that separates reality and fiction. As such, it also blurs our traditionally upheld ideas of what is right or wrong. Completing the competent cast are Emilio Garcia, Irma Adlawan, Ray-An Dulay, Arlene Tolibas, and Alessandra de Rossi in a special role. An official entry to the 4th Cinema One Originals, Dose will have a one-week limited engagement at the Robinson’s Galleria IndieSine on July 1 to 7. Dose was exhibited at the 2009 Barcelona Asian Film Festival and has also been invited to the Q! Film Festival in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia and the Hongkong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others.

Some of the reviews...

“…Well-served by the cast. [Fritz Chavez] is a revelation…”
– Mario Bautista, People’s Journal

“… La comparación de Almodovar es inevitable: colores disparados, diálogos excéntricos, emoción camp… (… The comparison to Almodovar is inevitable: colorful images, eccentric dialogues, and campy emotions…)"
– 2009 Barcelona Asian Film Festival

“The film investigates profoundly the thin line between love and lust, friendship and passion…”
– Bibsy Carballo, People’s Tonight

“Touching … A bold film!”
– Gary Mak, International Programmer of Hongkong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

“A provocative tale of ambiguous friendship…”
– Ethel Ramos, Malaya

“… Funny, sad, and exhilarating… Deeper, braver, edgier than Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros or Ang Lihim Ni Antonio…”
The Bakla Review

“More than just a sex film … may kurot sa puso.”
– Archie de Calma, Pinoyparazzi

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