Damortis (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Philippines   |  
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This psychological drama paints a very different picture of the local faith healers in the Philippines than the one usually shown on western television. In this story, Miguel has left Catholic seminary and is at loose ends. A true cynic, he falls into doing folk-style faith-healing almost by accident, and before long he has clients forming lines outside his door, a lovely wife, and a house full of expensive doo-dads and appliances. When he takes on an apprentice and the boy becomes even more popular than he is, he goes into an emotional slump and suffers several reverses which land him in jail. The apprentice now has the practice and the beautiful wife to himself, but he has no notion that the woman has a mind and a will of her own.