Review: Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank [The Woman In The Septic Tank] (2011)

Director: Marlon Rivera
Cast: Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Cherie Pie Picache, Mercedes Cabral

Ang Babae Sa Septic TankThis film has got to be one of the best Filipino films in years. From the actors to the script – it speaks volume and when I said volume, it totally has its own voice! It’s funny, evocative and just pure genius!

It chronicles a day in the life of three budding filmmakers as they set out to create an Oscar-worthy film! JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano and Eugene Domingo totally delivered on this one! I loved how most scenes were written with humorously but with the subtlety of provoking its viewer’s thoughts.

Its mundane exterior was just a subplot to carry us through a ride where the actors delivered their lines with sheer conviction. Kean Cipriano stood out for me here playing the uber-OC director of the movie while JM De Guzman provided the support he needed to give a sense of additional sensibility to the screen. Cai Cortez as the production manager was also someone you’d remember.

Eugene Domingo’s portrayal as Mila, the mother of seven children and as her fictional ‘self’ helps the film to find its balance giving support to these newbies.

I won’t tell you guys any more spoiler since the film is obviously available everywhere since its release in 2011 (so far I’ve seen it a few times now) but if you have not seen this one, what are you waiting for? Oh and yes, my friend asked me before if I thought the film “in reality” was an Oscar-worthy one – I say, Why not?

 The film was chosen by the Film Academy of the Philippines to represent the Philippines in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards.

 Rating: 9/10

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