Maxi behaves like a girl, wearing clips in his hair and bangles on his wrists and even wearing lipstick. He is teased by neighbors and former school friends. His sexuality is, however, fully accepted by his two brothers and by his father. One night he is accosted by two men who attempt to molest him, but his is saved by the appearance of Victor. Victor does not have a girlfriend, and his sexuality is never revealed. He rebuffs Maxi's advances, even when the boy steals a kiss, only affectionately stoking the boy's head.
After Maxi's father is killed by Victor's boss, Maxi resists Victor's attempts to renew their friendship. The closing scene shows Maxi walking past Victor who has parked by the roadside on Maxi's way to school. He ignores Victor as he passes him, hesitates momentarily as he crosses the road, then goes on his way.
|2007||IFC Spirit Awards||Independent Spirit Awards 2007||Best Foreign Film (Nominee)|
|2006||Berlin International Film Festival||Glass Bear - Special Mention||Best Feature Film|
|2006||Berlin International Film Festival||Teddy Award||Best Feature Film|
|2006||Gawad Urian Awards||Gawad Urian Award||Best Picture|
|2006||Las Palmas Film Festival, Spain||Best Actor||Nathan Lopez|
|2006||Las Palmas Film Festival, Spain||Golden Lady Harimaguada||Auraeus Solito|
|2005||Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Philippines||Balanghai Trophy||Best Production Design|
|2005||Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Philippines||Special Citation||Nathan Lopez|
|2005||Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Philippines||Special Jury Prize||Auraeus Solito|
|2005||Montreal World Film Festival 2005, Quebec||Golden Zenith Award for Best Picture|
|2005||imagineNative Film Festival, Toronto||Best Picture|
|2005||Asian Festival of 1st Films, Singapore||Best Film|
The film was the official entry of the Philippines to the 2007 Academy Awards. It holds the distinction of being one of the very few digital films released in 2005 to do well at the tills. It also made the rounds of international film festivals.