REEL DEAL: Mga Gabing Kasing Haba ng Hair Ko REVIEW

This film with an interestingly catchy title is not just the regular queer themed movie as it has also made it to the Busan International Film Festival this October. Mga Gabing Kasing Haba ng Hair Ko (Those Long Haired Nights) presents 3 stories of transgenders who live and work in the red light district and they each have a story to tell.

As long as their strands, the life of Tuesday (Daclan), Amanda (Falcon), and Barbie (Salumbides) are a mix of fun and tragic consequences. We might be familiar to them as they reveal themselves with the people they work and relate to. Sex and drugs is expected but there is also some scenes that surprise the viewers.

Though I was also expecting the actors playing transgenders to be "lady like" appeal, they did great in portraying their roles despite looking buff. Each has his/her own charm with their first impression, to the way they progress to their own stories. A mix of light and heavy moments makes its a journey to their lives though we wanted to see more, probably a short backstory.

Though they would not represent all the transgenders in the country, a sneak peek into their lives gives an interesting perspective on why they have these decisions. Beyond the looks and the long flowing wigs, the struggle is there for their survival, for their work, and for their loved ones.  

Mga Gabing Kasing Haba ng Hair Ko stars , Mon Confiado, Anthony Falcon, Matt Baclan,  and directed by Gerardo Calagui. Now showing and currently part of QCinema as part of Rainbow QC.

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 lines: Haba ng hair!

Technical Effects: 3 out of 5 stars (I am still not a fan of shaky scenes)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (The Cliffhanger was a surprise yet it seems fitting)

Acting and Actors: 4 out of 5 stars (The 3 "girls" did a convincing job)

Pros:  humor, subtle drama, supporting cast

Cons: more backstories, recurring locations

Music and Soundtracks:  3 out for 5 stars (I was hoping for a song that would bring them together, probably a musical opening?)

Overall: Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars ()

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