The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveres
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros is one of those all-too-rare films that handles prepubescent sexual anxiety with intelligence and unflinching honesty. Twelve year old Maxi (Nathan Lopez) lives with his widower father and two older brothers in the slums of Manila.
His mother has passed away, leaving the male contingent of his family to turn to petty crime to earn a better living. Meanwhile, Maxi takes on the role of surrogate mother by cooking, cleaning and sewing for them. Things become complicated when Maxi meets and falls for Victor, a rookie cop who has an axe to grind with the local criminals. As events start to spiral out of control, Maxi has to make a choice: either stay loyal to the family he mothers, or to Victor, the object of his affection.
Shot in the backstreets of Sampaloc, Manila, this bittersweet tale of adolescence has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe.
Director: Aureus Solito
Cast: Nathan Lopez, JR Valentin, Soliman Cruz
Extras: Director's Commentary, Q&A with director