"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" is Cinemalaya 2011's Best Film and is one of 63 films vying for the Best Foreign Language Film award in the 84th Academy Awards (Oscars). This is Philippines' entry to the Oscars!
Synopsis"Ang Babae sa Septik Tank" is one of the movie I have been watching for the nth time! Honestly guys, good or bad reviews, I am a solid supporter of Pinoy Films - mainstreams of indie films. And when I was invited for the blogger's night just to watch this movie, no hesitations, I signed up. Honestly, I really love the film watching Filipino movies. But more to my love on Filipino movies, this movie made me realize that there are some brilliant minds in the Philippine movie industry waiting to be discovered.
Director Rainier (Kean Cipriano), Producer Bingbong, and Production Assistant Jocelyn set out to make a gritty, realistic, award-winning independent film about a woman who, out of poverty, decides to sell one of her seven children to a pedophile. Along the course of the movie, they met with an arrogant director with gaps in his knowledge, the actress who they want to play Mila the lead role of their movie, Eugene Domingo (who plays herself), and a bunch of hooligans that brings them back to the reality of the movie they chose to make.
"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" is a comedy portraying the day of three ambitious filmmakers and the portrayal of creative imagination at play. Aside from the obvious theme of poverty porn by most indie filmmakers in the industry nowadays, this film actually says a lot about the theme of exploitation and the current state of our country at the present. What's so great about the film is it's funny and entertaining yet at the same time it doesn't go over the line like most mainstream comedy films.
Once again Eugene Domingo proves her versatility as an actress. She delivered an absolutely knockout performance making a parody of her very own self in “Septic Tank”. The scene where she demonstrates the three types of acting sent us rolling down the aisle with laughter. You have to see her to believe what a comic genius she is. We really hope that "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" could bring home the first Oscar Award for the Philippines.
Like what the movie producer-lawyer Joji Alonso told us, it may not be for the film but for the country and for the Philippine film industry. For Atty. Alonzo, "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank"'s campaign to the Oscars "is no longer personal." She said to make a wave at the Oscars would open windows of opportunities for all Filipino film makers as it would help the upcoming Filipino films be recognized internationally. And we are one with her in that belief.
There are great Pinoy movies just like this one! This' really worth the Oscars!
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