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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sagwan (Filipino)

I can see this film as being highly controversial. An independent film, this has loads of hot dudes with good bodies. Not that just this, they have ample male and female nudity and it is not just for the sake of it but this is one case where script and the settings completely demand it. Although I must admit that after a while it becomes a little too much.

The movie tackles about the life story of Bangkeros (Boatmat) with a side line of selling their bodies to gays and matronas. The film's central character is Andrew who prides himself as the only boatman who hasn’t engaged to prostitution that his friends have grown accustomed to. He has a girlfriend who stopped speaking ever since she witnessed her mother's death. Rumor is that her father killed her. Now she devotes her entire time in taking care of Andrew and her father. The movie goes along an how all the men deal with various clients. Andrew's best friend Eman also tries to convince him to get into prostitution to make more money and so does his father specially because he has such a nice body and he is good looking. One day when Eman and Andrew and taking a client across the river, he finally gives in and does it and feels guilty about it. We also get an impression that Eman is physically also interested in Andrew. The same time his girlfriend has wanting to get physical with him but he always avoids that. So one day Eman ends up getting physical with Eman thinking him as Andrew. The movie ends with Eman and the girlfriend making out and Andrew finally joins them. The 3 of them are very much in love with each other and are enjoying. ANdrew realizes that ultimate pleassure lies beyond who you are and who you're with.

The film was visually beautiful in places. The panoramic setting was very well captured. All the other boys though hot were very bad in acting department. There were a couple of drag queens whose comic antics and punch lines sometimes made the film funny. The girlfriends character was very weird and was never clearly explained why she stopped talking.

It was a decent film but not worth repeating. (4/10)


Esquire XII said...

I completely enjoyed this movie. I appreciated the review as it was the only one I have read so far. But I must correct the names of the characters. The lead character is Alfredo Paradiso and he is called Alfred. Eman is Alfred's best friend. The girlfriend' name is Cecilia. It is true that it is not clearly explained as to why she stopped talking. But this is a well known symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children. It is rumored that she witnessed the murder of her mother by her father. Unlike the reviewer, I did not see any gratuitous display of nudity. I think that it is time that we decriminalize the showing of the complete human body. If male on male sexuality is an important part of the story, it should be treated the same way we treat homicides being an important part of the story. The depiction of a murder scene is related to how well it comports with reality. I have seen the movie at least twice. There is a recurring flashback that I must untangle.

Golu said...

Thank you for posting your comments. And I also appreciating correcting the names. The version I saw may have had some error in subtitles. I always look forward to hearing different people's views on films and would request you to continue posting your thoughts here, so it gives me a different perspective as well.