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A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their ... See full summary »

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Gina Pareño ...
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Julio Diaz ...
Lando
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Alan
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Ronald (as Kristofer King)
Dan Alvaro ...
Jerome
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Merly
Roxanne Jordan ...
Jewel
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Atty. Quintana (as Dido Dela Paz)
Buddy Caramat ...
Tonette (as Buddy Salvador Caramat)
Bobby Jerome Go ...
Jonas
Jemmalyn Galicia ...
Susan
Julia Taylor ...
Cross Dresser
Nico Taverna ...
Santy
Aaron Rivera ...
Ricky (as Aaron Christian Rivera)
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A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their daily challenges, but the real "star" of the show is an enormous, dilapidated movie theater that doubles as family business and living space. At one time a prestige establishment, the theater now runs porn double bills and serves as a meeting ground for hustlers of every conceivable persuasion. The film captures the sordid, fetid atmosphere, interweaving various family subplots with the comings and goings of customers, thieves and even a runaway goat while enveloping the viewer in a maelstrom of sound, noise and continuous motion. Written by Regent Releasing

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Service. It's the family business. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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25 June 2008 (Philippines)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,824 (USA) (30 January 2009)

Gross:

$64,407 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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For this film, Brillante Mendoza is the second Filipino director to be nominated for Palm d'Or, after Lino Brocka. See more »

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References Bigay hilig (2003) See more »

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Good Acting
26 July 2009 | by (Bay Area United States) – See all my reviews

This film challenges the actors to portray their characters realistically. The story revolves around them and there is no clear climax. Rather, it is a cacophony of events plotting the life of this family living in a run-down theater. They are barely subsistent.

I have a sense of having watched a play because the entire scene takes place in the theater. Camera techniques and lighting has been well placed that it draws the emotion and atmosphere accurately. The use of hand held technique and the background noise gives emphasis to the chaos and discordant lives that is.

Being a low-budget independent film, demonstrates to us that a good movie can be achieved and interpreted such as "SERBIS".


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