Die Beautiful (2016)


Director: Jun Lana
Stars: Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes, Christian Bables

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.


This film is super good. It’s the only film I’ve seen so far in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, but I know it’s safe to say it’s one of the best entries. Paolo Ballesteros acted surprisingly good he seemed to be a pro in acting. Other elements that make this film good is its aesthetics, Paolo transformed into different celebrities via make up. The dialogues were realistic, plus the supporting cast were great in their roles as well.

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