A whimsical comedy about three women who cry at funerals, professionally.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Cuneta ...
Hilda Koronel ...
Rhoda "Aling Doray" Rivera
Angel Aquino ...
Eric Quizon ...
Wilson Chua
Ricky Davao ...
Julio Pacheco ...
Shamaine Buencamino ...
Sherry Lara ...
Mrs. Chua
Gilleth Sandico ...
Joan Bitagcol ...
Johnny Delgado ...
Edgar Mortiz ...
Mang Gusting
Bella Flores ...
Lost Lady
Lou Veloso ...
Brgy Chairman


A whimsical comedy about three women who cry at funerals, professionally.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A könnyfakasztók  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,920 (USA) (27 February 2004)


$108,043 (USA) (27 February 2004)

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Was submitted by the Philippines as its official entry to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category in 2005. See more »


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Way Overrated. I just don't get it why it won awards.
18 January 2005 | by (SF, United States) – See all my reviews

My friends and I viewed this a week ago with breathless anticipation. Receiving accolades from various award giving bodies in Manila and handpicked to represent the Philippines in this year's Oscar, we expected this film to follow the ranks of some of the best Filipino movie classics that were previously shown abroad. Unfortunately, we were left feeling cheated and disappointed.

The Good Points: The production design, cinematography, sound and the technical framework of the film were exceptional. Truly ahead of all the other films currently being produced in the Philippines nowadays. Some aspects of the film's dialogue were funny, especially the interaction of the couple who reside right above Cuneta's apartment. That was just simply hilarious. Koronel's acting was also the best in the film - in fact, I think it was the saving grace of the whole flick. Every time she graced the screen, she was superb, and her Darna stint was funny as well.

The Bad Points: Cuneta's acting was lackluster (I still think she can do best in drama films over comedy ones). The insertion of Cuneta ads (i.e. Alaska and McDonalds) was just plain tacky. Also, Cuneta's portrayal of a poor, struggling city lady was unbelievable and unrealistic. She, with her porcelain white skin, looked like she just recently re-bonded and highlighted her hair. She just didn't quite suit this role (to her credit, she's one of the best dramatic actresses in Philippine Cinema). Moreover, I think the film researchers didn't really do their job well. Some of the street scenes were not based on facts. When Cuneta tried to extort money in a passenger bus, almost all gave money, mostly in bills, to support her plight. This doesn't happen at all, much less, in ordinary buses. Secondly, when Cuneta paid her fees in the jeepney, nobody attempted to help her pass on the money to the driver. This does not happen at all either. Jeepney passengers, as protocol, almost reflexively, will extend their arms to help pass on fees to the driver. For someone who loves watching realism in Philippine Cinema, these scenes will not fail to disappoint.

To end, I think this film was vastly overrated. Don't expect too much from this film. However, I'd recommend it for Koronel's acting and some hilarious dialogues that, sadly, only come in spurts.


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