“Doubt” (“Duda”) is a great example of how one man driven by an idea for a film can succeed against all at being able to create something that has an important message. Crisaldo Pablo, the writer and director, used friends as his cast, mixed in a few professionals, and with a Sony camera made his first full length digital film ever to be done in the Philippines. All of this information can be gleaned from the featurette that comes with the DVD extras.
Cris is thirty something and his life has been one of seeking sexual encounters on a daily basis. He feels that after 4000 such encounters that number 4001 will be the ideal partner for him. One night he meets Erick, a young man in his twenties and thinks that he has found the ideal mate. Cris’s friends are pleased that he has finally settled down but they are leery about Erick’s fidelity. Naturally doubt is raised and Cris confronts Erick about what he does when he is not at home. This infuriates Erick. To make matters more complicated, Ben, an ex-trick of Cris shows up trying for one last time to reignite the fires of passion they shared one night before he marries his girlfriend. Cris remains loyal to Erick.
Cris is a television director and most of the movie is played against the backdrop of the television studio, basically on talk shows. One of these is about Cris’s life and another about Erick’s adventures. Cris feels his relationship with Erick is disintegrating and when he receives some sad news about Ben, he resolves to live a lonely life of an aging gay male until a surprise occurs.
For a first film “Doubt” has some very positive attributes. Flashbacks are filmed in black and white and out of focus so as to give a sense of the past and heighten the theme of sexuality. The film itself flows smoothly. There is something very refreshing about the movie as it looks at the lives of gays without resorting to stereotypical representation. For a first film the director should be very proud. If he keeps at what he is doing, I suspect we shall some great things from him.