Gregory (Piolo Pascual) has a job in the Philippine film industry, which he regards with no small amount of pride. But he's not an actor, director, or a technician; Gregory's job is to carry reels of film from one theater to another on his bicycle, so two movie houses can show the same print of the same feature. Gregory's enthusiasm for his job is fueled in part by his grandfather, whose love for the movies has not dampened in his twilight years, even though he's lost his sight. A romantic by nature, Gregory makes the aquaintence of a call girl (Vanna Victoria), and he makes it his business to win her heart and rescue her from the street. But Gregory's job may not last long, as the crumbling neighborhood cinemas in his city are starting to close, making way for modern multiplexes, which may be more efficient but lack the magic and romance that's as important to Gregory as the films. Lagarista received its first screening in North America at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, where it was shown in the "Contemporary World Cinema" series.
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