Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Masseur / Masahista

The Masseur centers on a young Philippine man who has moved from the countryside to Manila, where he works in a massage parlor. Of course, the massages tend to take on a sexual overtone, sometimes subtly and sometimes quite explicitly. Interspersed with scenes of his life in Manila, we see him returning home to attend his father's funeral.

The sound quality was terrible, the acting was uneven at best, and the story jumped from city to country seemingly at random. I can't honestly recommend this film.

The Masseur / Masahista, dir. Brillante Mendoza, 2005 Philippines, 80 min., in Tagalog & Pampango with English subtitles.

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