Filipino title ROME & JULIET
S. A. Macatuno
starring: Andrea Del Rosario · Mylene Dizon · Rafael Rosell · Miko Palanca
· Liza Dino
is a romantic journey of two women caught in a web of forbidden love.
Juliet Flores, a conservative pre-school teacher, is a bride-to-be who
hires businesswoman Rome Miranda to be her wedding planner. As they
go through the preparations, Rome and Juliet develop a profound lesbian
relationship. However, the anticipated conflict arises when groom Marc
- a young politician - shockingly discovers the ongoing affair. He calls
off the wedding and a huge scandal erupts leaving the two young women
in a state of emotional turmoil.
was the debut motion picture for television director Connie Macatuno.
Despite the controversial theme, it swept the Filipino awards in 2007,
winning Best Picture and Best Actress [for Mylene Dizon]. The movie
is a rarity in the Filipino culture where lesbianism is still culturally
unaccepted, dramatically illustrating the many difficulties of trying
to live in a society that doesn't understand. By comparison, other Asian
countries are much more attuned to the lesbian culture as their movies
CITY (Japan), LOVE
IN SAMPAN (Hong Kong), BUTTERFLY
UP (Taiwan), GIRLS'
BLOOD (Japan), THE
END IS MY BEGINNING (Korea) and TWILIGHT
(Thailand) et al.