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The main character is a Filipina Overseas Contract Worker, one of the many residents of the archipelago who is forced to leave her family and take a higher paying job in a more prosperous Asian country. While she is working her employer refuses to let her take a vacation, nor does he deliver her mail to her. She is unaware, therefore, that her husband has died. When she finally returns to the Philippines she is met with resentment and hatred by her children. The movie studies how she overcomes these feelings and rebuilds the relationship with her family. Written by Tim_the_Bald

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Gabby Concepcion was initially tapped to play the role of Rudy. See more »

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Spoofed in Apat dapat, dapat apat: Friends 4 lyf and death (2007) See more »

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Manila, Manila
Music by Dennis Garcia and Rene Garcia
Arranged by Arnel Sevilla
Performed by Vilma Santos, Amy Austria and Cherry Pie Picache
(Used with permission)
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Why movies must be made!
6 July 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

There are drawbacks in Anak, small aspects that could be left out or be more emphasized; but forget that petty cash because…

Just as I had forgotten the reason for making movies, that not all movies are justified merely as a moneymaking device where profit, spin off products and the inclusion of at least one major Hollywood movie star are dominant ingredients in the narrative formula; just as I had misplaced the argument for film production itself, Anak puts it all right again.

Quintos peels away every superfluous non-significant element and leaves us with a nucleus so pure, so strong and so universally true that it touches all of us. Separation from loved ones, sacrifices and the complexity of family relations are key components of the narrative that, propelled by brilliant acting, drives this highly realistic and touching story forward.

And realism and emotions are clues to what makes Anak such a gripping tale. In other, more conventional, 'touching' films I often feel left off with an awkward, almost embarrassed, feeling of having been tricked to tears by elementary storytelling mechanisms. But the feeling of a natural, almost improvised acting in Anak, conveys everyday life as well as the intense moments with an exceptional credibility which makes the overall narrative so strong it should leave its audience feeling that this is one of the primary reasons for storytelling.


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