Monday, July 20, 2009

Dose (12): Good Execution, Bad Message

I was very intrigued after watching the trailer of Dose on Youtube last year. It shows a young boy entering the room of his gardener and the scene is supposed to suggest that he was about to administer fellatio on the sexy man portrayed by indie star Yul Servo. The reviews online were great. I thought it was great too. The execution was definitely 'artistic'. They showed not too much skin and the sexual messages were not out there for us to see. There's definitely a lot of room for imagination, especially for someone who has been abused by someone in his younger days.

Pedophilia is a serious issue. I don't approve of men taking advantage of the innocence of young boys just to satisfy their sexual urges. I have a friend who does this and he is no longer a friend of mine. I think it is disgusting and inaappropriate and complete wrong in every angle you look at it.

This is why I was beyond shock when writer and director Senedy Que explained that this story is about love that knows no gender. He forgot to mention that gender does have an age and that love or sex is not a game kids can play at a very young age. I hate the fact that the movie ended that way. It looked like it's promoting pedophilia - that it's okay if your family driver, uncle, gardener, or cousin takes advantage of you because 'you were in love'. That's just plain bad. Plain bad. There's something seriously wrong here.


  1. I totally agree with you - the story behind this film just rubs me the wrong way. I hate it that independent gay films (a term that's become a bit redundant in the Philippines) are more and more becoming exploitation pieces.

  2. For some reason, people are having a huge problem in understanding the legitimate interest of the society and of every single individual in protecting those, who are too young to make free decisions.

    No matter, how, who, when and where, there is always a line that must never be crossed. This is what keeps us both reasonably free and safe.

  3. hmmmmmmmmmm wala akong ideya tungkol sa movie na ito....

    pero buti nalang.... baka mag-init lang ulo ko