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Big Boy

by Shireen SENO


In the Philippines of the 1950s, a young boy is growing, but not enough in his parents’ eyes: they subject him to daily stretching exercises and administer a homemade potion that they are trying to commercialise.

For her debut feature, Shireen Seno has not opted for facility: she filmed in super-8 and with children from Mindoro Island. The brevity of a Super-8 reel (two and a half minutes) gives the story a fragmented effect, reminiscent of a home movie. Yet, Big Boy never sinks into the “retro” complacency of an obsolete technology. Seno, who grew up in Japan, draws inspiration from memories about her father, but her attention to bodies and childhood sensations, using richly textured non-sync sound, eliminates any hint of psychology. As the absence of some of Julio’s brothers and sisters and the post-war living conditions in this former American colony emerge, everyday gestures grow heavier with the weight of a reflection on History, which lends the narrative its structure: a small boy too tall for his age, Julio carries in his flesh the promise of an American-style masculinity that his parents turn to their advantage with an unabashed cruelty.


  • Titre français
    Big Boy
  • Scénario
    Shireen Seno
  • Photo
    Gym Lumbera, Shireen Seno
  • Montage
    Shireen Seno, John Torres
  • Son
    Teresa Barrozo, Manuel Nicolas Alvero, Shireen Seno
  • Musique
    Manuel Nicolas Alvero, That Epic Reggae Set, Francis Cabal, The Strangeness
  • Interprétation
    Ian Lomongo, Pam Miras, John Lloyd Evangelista
  • Production
    Cinema One Originals & Peliculas Los Otros
  • Producteur délégué
    John Torres
  • Producteur exécutif
    Ronald Arguelles
  • Directeur artistique
    Niki de los Reyes Torres
  • Ventes internationales
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage
    VOST électronique
  • Ratio

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