08 December 2007

Bathhouse (2005)

Bathhouse (2005)

Moram da priznam da sam bio skeptican citauci na netu o ovom filmu! Filipinski film mi nije bas nešto blisko. Ipak sam odlucio da ga skinem sa neta i pogledam. Zanimljivo!
Filipinska undergound kultura se ne razlikuje mnogo od Evropske, samo što je malo drugačije upakovana.
Gay populacija koja se okuplja u "Klub Hombre", sa sadrzajima prilagodjenim svim gay ukusima, je glavni akter ovoh filma!

Director: Crisaldo Pablo
Writer: Jet Alcantara (writer)
Genre: Drama

Jet Alcantara
Andoy Ranay
Rey Pumaloy
John Lapuz (as John Lapus)
Ray An Dulay
Country: Philippines
Language: Tagalog / Filipino / English


Bathhouse: a place where gay men can go to relax, kick off their shoes (and clothes) and enjoy each other's company. “Bathhouse” takes you into this world of towel clad men, back room sex and the search for that ever elusive perfect boyfriend.

One night while at the baths, young campus nerd Rico (Ray An Dulay) meets heartthrob Cris (Jet Alcantara), the chemistry between them is immediately hot and intense. Once that fire cools Rico thinks he has found the ideal man but finds himself on a roller coaster ride of love, jealousy and infidelity as Cris continues his conquest of the baths.

Made in the same guerrilla style of his earlier film, Cris Pablo once again uses striking images and strong characters to tell the story of gay life in the Philippines.
Filming on a miniscule budget, gay Filipino filmmaker Crisaldo Pablo has created a sweet, involving drama about a young gay man's coming of age. But this is not a standard British/US coming-of-age film, it's the story of gay man's sexual awakening in a Manilla bathhouse. Exotic and filled with hot Asian boys, Bathhouse is definitely a treat we loved.

A young college student Rico, who lives at home with his close-knit family, hits the baths looking for someone he has had text and phone conversations with. When that boy doesn't pan out he explores this new world of men seeking sex. The host of the baths is the convivial femme boy Genesis who makes sure he's the only femme in the club! This bathhouse is for "men" only he says. Rico spies the older Cris, a hunky guy in his thirties. After very hot sex, with no full frontal nudity guys, Rico tries to get some kind of committment from his new trick. After all, he doesn't want to have sex with just anyone. When you meet a guy at the baths, don't expect marriage proposals!!! Anyway Rico continues to explore his newfound sexuality and desires. His life hits the rocks when he dramatically comes out to his family, but love wins out.

Without any of the high-pitched drama one associates with Filipino film, Bathhouse tells it's story with sensuality, romance and just plain compelling storytelling skills.


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