Showing in cinema: December 25, 2016
Director: Jun Lana
Stars: Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes
MTRCB: Rated R-13
Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.
However Die Beautiful is not gooey, but rather it is both inspiring and amusing. More than only a story about growing up, it is an adventure of self-disclosure, acknowledgment, and of ending up at ground zero – and in the long run kicking the bucket in peace while looking lovely.
At a youthful age, Trisha Echeveria (Paolo Ballesteros) definitely realizes that he is gay. In response, his conventional and moderate father (Joel Torre) repudiates him, and soon Trisha winds up without a home however with another family on account of his gay companions. At long last all over the place, he satisfies his youth long for joining excellence challenges and making it his wellspring of wage.
The two-hour motion picture is not told in a direct manner, so the group of onlookers does not know immediately that Trisha is experiencing an aneurysm and wishes to kick the bucket, well, while looking delightful.
The motion picture begins toward the end: Trisha is as of now dead, in a coffin, and resembling his object of worship, Katy Perry. Clearly, his desire to die was to have his looks changed throughout his seven-day wake. One night he looks like Miley Cyrus, the next night Angelina Jolie, and the following Beyonce.
An ace of cosmetics and pantomime, both in genuine and reel life, Mr. Ballesteros shows his cosmetics abilities on screen. Furthermore, he certainly merits the honors he won for his execution including Best Actor from the Tokyo International Film Festival and a Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance at the 21st International Film Festival in Kerala, India. On account of his grip of his character and his ability to convey a line with conviction and timing, Mr. Ballesteros is persuading. Additionally important is novice performer Christian Bables who plays Trisha’s closest companion and the empowering agent of his fantasy of changing looks each night of his wake.
In the middle of Trisha’s journey for the glamorous lady crown is an abundance of punch lines, generally code words on sex and sexuality. The film was not shy of comic drama and the motion picture house would frequently load with chuckles and giggling.
Be that as it may, it is not about fun. The film has likewise addressed some substantial issues like gays as the kabit (special lady), pack assault, and gays embracing a kid so they have anybody to take care of them when they are old. Pass on Beautiful does not lecture, rather, it lays out points of view. For example, on death: Trish feels that God would love his look since he upgraded it, while his closest companion considers doing a reversal to being a straight man since, “what you obtain you should return in its unique state.”
To lift Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s acclaimed words, Die Beautiful is about the quest for magnificence, as well as it is a story “with a heart.” – Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman
MTRCB rating: R-13
*Starting Dec. 27 until Jan. 3, tickets to Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 passages Sunday Beauty Queen, Oro, Kabisera, and Saving Sally will have a markdown of 30% for understudies, people with handicaps, and senior subjects.