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Jan. 01, 2005Philippines100 Min.PG
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Set in Philippine post-American colonialist era, where the American influence was still apparent, Ilusyon tells the story of Miguel, a young man from the countryside, who decides to visit his father, Pablo, a Modernist painter in Manila. Upon his arrival, he discovers that his father has decided to leave for the province but he opted to stay in Manila for a vacation. One day, he meets Stella, a nude model originally scheduled to pose for Miguel’s father. Struck by her beauty, Miguel does the unthinkable – he pretends to be his father the painter. Developing a relationship based on a lie, things turn for the worse as Stella begets a strange skin disease that turns off Miguel. Surrounded by strange characters – a talking cow, a talkative mailman and a nosy landlady – Miguel is driven into a frenzy realization about beauty, lust, love and being true to oneself. An ambiguous ending underlines the surreal tone of the film.

Original title Ilusyon
IMDb Rating 8.1 53 votes


Ellen Ramos


Yul Servo isMiguel
Bella Flores isManang Karing
Manang Karing
Bodjie Pascua isCow (voice)
Cow (voice)
Anita Linda isStella's Lola
Stella's Lola
Tetchie Agbayani isMiguel's mother Lucretia
Miguel's mother Lucretia
Jao Mapa isArtist

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