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"Sometimes doing the right thing is wrong."
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 1 min
  • 4.8  (178)

Daybreak is a captivating Filipino drama film, released in 2008, that tells the story of two young men, brothers on a journey of self-discovery in a harsh and unforgiving world. The story revolves around the life of a teenage boy, Lucas (Coco Martin), who is forcefully removed from his mother's care and sent to live with his estranged father, who he has never met. After initially struggling to connect with his father, who is a drunk, Lucas befriends his half-brother, a charismatic and popular high school student named Greg (Paolo Rivero).

As the two teenagers develop a close relationship, both face their own personal demons as they tackle issues of identity, sexuality, and family values. Lucas, who is struggling with the recent loss of his mother, finds solace in Greg's company, looking up to him as a role model and mentor. However, as their friendship deepens, an unforeseen romantic attraction develops between the two boys, which puts their relationship to the test.

The film takes place in the titular Daybreak, a working-class suburb in Manila, where the boys lead their day-to-day life. Their surroundings serve as a backdrop to their coming-of-age story, which is filled with highs and lows, laughter and tears, and love, betrayal, and acceptance.

Daybreak tackles a range of societal issues, including the challenges of the working class in Manila, poverty, mental health, and coming out as LGBTQ+. The film provides an authentic portrayal of the realities of life in the Philippines, as seen through the eyes of its main characters.

The movie has a raw, realistic tone, thanks to its use of naturalistic lighting and hand-held camera techniques that put the viewer right in the midst of the action. The casting is excellent, with both Coco Martin and Paolo Rivero delivering impressive performances that bring their characters to life. Both actors manage to capture the essence of the struggles that their characters face, bringing warmth and depth to their roles.

Director Adolfo Alix Jr. has crafted a poignant and thought-provoking film that explores the complex nature of family relationships, the coming-of-age experience, and the power of love and friendship in the face of adversity. The film also deals with the intense social pressures surrounding the LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines, and how individuals in such an environment struggle to find their place.

Overall, Daybreak is a touching and sobering drama that will resonate with viewers worldwide. Its focus on real-world issues affecting today's society and heartfelt performances make it a must-watch film for anyone looking for a meaningful and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

Daybreak is a 2008 romance movie with a runtime of 1 minute. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.

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  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 min
  • Language
    Filipino, Tagalog, English
  • IMDB Rating
    4.8  (178)