When internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress Eugene Domingo explained to us the hardships and challenging stages of doing Barber’s Tales, we already got the picture of what to expect on her forthcoming movie.
Written and directed by Jun Robles Lana, Barber’s Tales was the director’s brainchild back in 1997. Being a mainstream filmmaker, Jun wanted to create something meaningful that he can share to his audience. Movies that defies commercialism and speaks about the reality of life as we know it. Barber’s Tales is part of a trilogy film that Jun created. The first one was Bwakaw starring no less than Eddie Garcia as a grumpy aging gay man. Barber’s Tales is the second which already gained international awards in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Japan where Eugene was hailed as Best Actress at Tokyo International Film Festival 2013. The third and last film would be Ama Namin which is currently in preproduction.
As Eugene and direk Jun puts it, the film set in the 70s is a reflection of Philippine society back-dropped in the dark era – Martial Law. We noticed how Eugene believed in this movie so much through the words she’s spoken and we could sense that this one could land her also a Best Actress award here in Manila.
“My dream is just for Uge (Eugene) to get recognized for this film,” said Jun when asked of his expectations now that Barber’s Tales will be shown in the native country.
“Please see the movie. Tell me straight to my face that I’m lying (if you feel the movie was no good), but if you were convinced that the movie was good, please hug me,” said Eugene in confidence.
Barber’s Tales revolves around newly widowed Marilou who inherits the town’s only barbershop from her husband — a business that has been passed down by generations of men in her husband’s family.
With no other means of support, she musters the courage to run the barbershop. Despite the skills she gained from years of observation and assisting her husband, as a female barber she fails to attract any customers.
Nevertheless, things take an unexpected turn when Marilou discovers what she is truly made of — in the midst of mockery from men, and the support of an unexpected circle of sisters.
The Cast: Eugene Domingo, Daniel Fernando, Eddie Garcia, Sue Prado, Iza Calzado, Gladys Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino, Noni Buencamino, and Nicco Manalo.
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Barber’s Tales opens in theaters on August 13.
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