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It's hard to say exactly what triggers the split. One night they were having sex, he was taking her roughly and she wasn't enjoying it. (She later thought of it as a rape.) Next morning, as usual, he left without a word. That evening she decided to cut her hair very short, and threw him out. He needed her blood (he required regular transfusions and she shared his rare-ish blood type) but she was unforgiving. “Tell your new girlfriend to call me when you're dying.” That's what she said when they met in the park some time later.

Charliebebs Gohetia cut his teeth as editor on Brillante Mendoza films (he's also the editor of two other films in this year's program) and turned director three years ago to make The “Thank You” Girls (VIFF 2008), a feature about drag-queen beauty pageants, a kind of grunge Priscilla. This second feature is something else again, a beautifully stylized meditation on what we think about when we're in a relationship and having sex. It's in two long chapters, titled "She" and "He," giving both antagonists equal weight, and is coolly shot in monochrome widescreen. It's radically unlike any other Filipino indie movie you have ever seen, and it's mesmerizingly grown-up.

Duration
2 min 18 sec

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5,539

Posted On
November 04, 2011
Director
Charliebebs Gohetia

Writer
Charliebebs Gohetia

Studio
Independent

Release
October 1, 2011
Cast
Jess Mendoza
Opaline Santos
Ces Aldaba
Regina Valenzuela
Patrick Esteban
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