Ang laro ng buhay ni Juan (The Game of Juan's Life)

Feature Film Philippines 2009

Juan has decided to leave Manila for a while and to return to the country village where he was born. This means he will also have to leave Noel, the boy who is deeply in love with him. Before his departure, he decides to make a last visit to the gay bar where he has been working as a stripper and sex-performer, and where he is much appreciated by the owner and by the clients. Fate jeopardizes his plans, however, and it plays a cruel game with his life. The film is about how enigmatic and arbitrary destiny can be, about the 'game' of life, and it is infused with a deep intrinsic pessimism. It is divided into two intentionally different parts. The first part is shot outdoors in daylight, and shows the long, ceremonious farewell between the two lovers. The second part is shot at night: it is claustrophobic, carnal and full of dark expectations. The film is by the same director as Antonio's Secret, presented at last year's Festival.  

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