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2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

Petersen Vargas’ film is about angst, confusion and sexual turmoil—in other words, life as a teenager. But Felix (Khalil Ramos) is not quite your typical adolescent: a whiz in the classroom but a pariah among his peers, he sits friendless at lunch breaks and seems resigned to loneliness. Then along comes Magnus (Ethan Salvador), a wispy dreamboat with feline features and a devil-may-care expression… Awestruck and smitten, Felix thanks his lucky stars when Magnus and his brother Maxim (Jameson Blake) bring him into their lives, at first as a school tutor but then as something more—a friend, a potential lover and a possible partner in a murder plot.

There have been many queer coming-of-age films, but closeted teen desire has rarely burned this brightly onscreen. The harsh light and heat of the rural Philippines are expertly conveyed: you can almost feel the sweat on these kids as they trudge and squirm in the sun, drawing closer and closer to each other. Director Vargas shows a mastery of colour and texture, and he shoots in a square format that’s perfect for closeups and small, vivid detail. Beneath the sun-drenched lethargy and muffled emotions lies a core of desperation, but the drama is never oppressive: this is a genial film about torment, as engaging as it is disturbing.

Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Cinema One Originals 16

North American premiere
Director Petersen Vargas
Country of Origin: Philippines
Year: 2016
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Filipino with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer 1 | Trailer 2
Cast: Khalil Ramos, Ethan Salvador, Jameson Blake, Ana Capri
Executive Producer: Ronald Arguelles
Producer: Alemberg Ang
Screenwriter: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cinematographer: Carlos Mauricio
Editor: Jhon Paul Sapitula
Production Design: Jhon Paul Sapitula
Music: Christopher Lambert Flores, Alyana Cabral
Print Source: VY/AC Productions

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