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Service -- A drama that follows the Pineda family in the city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, and possible incest are all part of their challenges, but the real "star" of the show is the movie theater that doubles as family business and living space.

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Director:
Writers:
Armando Lao (story) &
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Release Date:
25 June 2008 (Philippines) See more »
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Tagline:
Service. It's the family business.
Plot:
A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Gina Pareño ... Nanay Flor
Jaclyn Jose ... Nayda
Julio Diaz ... Lando
Kristoffer King ... Ronald (as Kristofer King)
Dan Alvaro ... Jerome
Coco Martin ... Alan
Mercedes Cabral ... Merly
Roxanne Jordan ... Jewel
Dido De La Paz ... Atty. Quintana (as Dido Dela Paz)
Benjie Filomeno ... Thief
Buddy Caramat ... Tonette (as Buddy Salvador Caramat)
Bobby Jerome Go ... Jonas
Julia Taylor ... Cross Dresser
Jemmalyn Galicia ... Susan
Nico Taverna ... Santy
Aaron Rivera ... Ricky (as Aaron Christian Rivera)
Billy Ray Gali ... Student
Babylee Borromeo ... Peter
Arnold Toledo ... Serbis Boy
Armando A. Reyes ... Old Gay from Manila (as Arman Reyes)
Armando Lao ... Gay with cellphone
Rex Due ... Policeman
Ted Amo ... Macho Gay
Rod Capua ... Policeman (as Rod Capua)
Clarence Ayuyao ... Cross Dresser
Blue Seal ... Flower Vendor
Andy Picache ... Edwin
Marites Nuñez ... Carol
Emerson Salangsang ... Edwin Kid 1
Ursula Tiotuico ... Edwin Kid 2
Gina Villa ... Distraught Mother
Ira Tuazon ... Daughter
Aldrin Zubiri ... Serbis Boy
Kevin Javier ... Serbis Boy
J.B. Parker ... Serbis Boy
Paul Espidido ... Serbis Boy
Reymond Mendoza ... Serbis Boy (as Raymond Mendoza)
Bryan Martin ... Serbis Boy
Ricardo Valbuena III ... Serbis Boy
Julius Habal ... Serbis Boy
Orlando Abion ... Serbis Boy
Alfie Baluyot ... Serbis Boy
Jeff Batungbakal ... Serbis Boy
Bong Santos ... Serbis Boy
Herminio Batungbakal ... Serbis Boy
J.R. Batungbakal ... Serbis Boy
Diego Marx Dobles ... Serbis Boy
Ryan Yanga ... Serbis Boy
Erika de Jesus ... Gay Patron
Richard Rodriguez ... Gay Patron
Marvin Rea ... Gay Patron
Rey Yumang ... Gay Patron
Reymar Belano ... Gay Patron
Eddie Carlos ... Gay Patron
Amang de Guzman ... Gay Patron
Shiela Sanchez ... Gay Patron
Vic Baguio ... Gay Patron
Dario Leosa ... Gay Patron
Ronel Javier ... Gay Patron
Pancho Pantig ... Gay Patron
Joy Aronce ... Gay Patron
Angus Miranda ... Gay Patron
Kyro Baldemor ... Soap Opera Actor (as Keiro Baldemor)
Jean Andrews ... Soap Opera Actor
Sofia Lee ... Soap Opera Actor
Kenji Valdez ... Soap Opera Actor

Gina Diaz ... Nun
Ofelia Gueco ... Nun
Jason Paul Laxamana ... Diner
Arianne Camille Rivera ... Diner
Charlie Mallari ... Diner
Cristina Sanchez Galicia ... Mother
Cherry Bengco ... Mother
Teresita Bengco ... Mother
Miriam Go ... Mother
Justin Bengco ... Jonas' Schoolmate
Reggie Paguio ... Jonas' Schoolmate
Justin Agustin ... Jonas' Schoolmate
Wally Agbuya ... Jonas' Schoolmate
Jayson Agustin ... Jonas' Schoolmate

Directed by
Brillante Mendoza  (as Brillante Ma. Mendoza)
 
Writing credits
Armando Lao (story) &
Boots Agbayani Pastor (story)

Armando Lao (screenplay)

Produced by
Didier Costet .... executive producer
Antonio del Rosario .... supervising producer
Renato Esguerra .... associate producer
Nolan Estacio .... post producer: Engine Room
Ferdinand Lapuz .... producer
J.C. Nigado .... supervising producer (as JC Nigado)
 
Original Music by
Gian Gianan 
 
Cinematography by
Odyssey Flores (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Claire Villa-Real 
 
Casting by
Ed Instrella 
 
Production Design by
Benjamin Padero 
Carlo Tabije 
 
Art Direction by
Harley Alcasid 
Deans Habal 
 
Makeup Department
Georginna Desuasido .... prosthetics (as Georgina Gesuasido)
Julius Gabor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marc Ambat .... post-production supervisor: Optima Digital
Rod Capua .... production manager (as Rod Capua)
Pete Jimenez .... general manager: Optima Digital
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aurel Ayson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Orlando Abion .... propsman
Vilma del Rosario .... props buyer
Benjie Filomeno .... scenic artist
Jeff Galicia .... carpenter
Jessie Galicia .... carpenter
Joel Sanchez .... set man
Jun Sanchez .... set man
Eric Valera .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Prisciano Canape .... boom-man: MIDI Sound Studios (as Priciano Canapi)
Emmanuel Nolet Clemente .... sound
Julius Habal .... haze machine operator: MIDI Sound Studios
Jojo Jacinto .... sound recordist: MIDI Sound Studios
Joseph Santos .... boom-man: MIDI Sound Studios
Benido Viaña Jr. .... sound recordist: Opticolors
 
Visual Effects by
Joel Alagao .... digital effects artist: Optima Digital
Jackson An .... engineer: Optima Digital
Tess Bautista .... digital effects artist: Optima Digital
Eric Carlos .... resolve colorist: Optima Digital
Frank Chico .... engineer: Optima Digital
Ice Cruz .... y front colorist: Optima Digital
James Ecito .... resolve colorist: Optima Digital
Marilen Magsaysay .... resolve colorist: Optima Digital
Nelson Medina .... digital effects artist: Optima Digital
Leo Mendoza .... digital effects artist: Optima Digital
Ruben Ramirez .... engineer: Optima Digital
Lope Robredillo .... engineer: Optima Digital
Abi Sta. Ana .... digital effects artist: Optima Digital
Stephen Sy .... visual effects supervisor: Optima Digital
 
Stunts
Marlon Boribor .... stunts
Jhony Casayuran .... stunts
Arnel Clarino .... stunts
Rodolfo Gedraga .... stunts
Regor Masilang .... stunts (as Rigor Masilang)
Obet Palaca .... stunts (as Obet Palaka)
Rigo Ramirez .... stunt director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harley Alcasid .... still photographer
Apple Anao .... video assist: CMB Film Services
Levi Barzo .... lights crew
Delfin Betiz .... lights crew
Walter Bolanos .... assistant cameraman (as Wally Bolanos)
Angelo Caldo .... lights crew
Allan Corpuz .... lights crew
Benjie De Vera .... gaffer
Jeffrey Dela Cruz .... camera operator
Darry Delina .... camera lifter: CMB Film Services (as Darry Delinia)
Ricky Faeldonia .... electrician: CMB Film Services
Jun Gatchalian .... clapper loader: CMB Film Services
Ronald Matias .... generator caretaker: CMB Film Services
William Mayuga .... lights crew
Edgardo Panahon .... lights crew
Arvin Rait .... second assistant cameraman: CMB Film Services
Welson Rendon .... lights crew
Julius Salarda .... behind-the-scenes camera
Frannie Santos .... lights crew
Mario Santos .... lights crew
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hedjie Calagui .... wardrobe (as Hedji Calagui)
 
Editorial Department
Antonio Acurin .... negative checker/asembler: Opticolors
Larry Castillo .... post-production producer: Optima Digital
K.C. Pamintuan .... post production coordinator: Optima Digital (as Kacey Pamintuan)
Armen Teh .... color grader: Opticolors
 
Transportation Department
Boyet Abajero .... driver
PJ Agtarap .... driver
Louie Aquino .... driver
Bonifacio Esguerra .... driver
Ryan Ligarte .... driver
Johan Lojero .... driver
Domeng Mumar .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael Abajero .... utility
Restie Adriano .... engineer: Opticolors
Salvador Alfaro .... positive machine operator: Opticolors
Eduardo Alvaro Jr. .... film revisor/projectionist: Opticolors
Ranniel Araw .... engineer: Engine Room
Glenn Mark Ariel .... subtitler
Aurel Ayson .... dialect coach
Maureen Baniqued .... traffic coordinator: Opticolors
Joselito Cerbito .... film revisor/projectionist: Opticolors
Rene Colinares .... catering services: Dante's Peak Catering Services
Christian Cortez .... systems administrator: Optima Digital
Aurora Cruz .... production coordinator
Aries David .... animal trainer
Diego Marx Dobles .... assistant script supervisor
Diego Marx Dobles .... dialect coach
Bernard Esguerra .... catering services: Dante's Peak Catering Services
Odette Filio .... chief operating officer: Engine Room (as Odette F. Filio)
Ver Ian Flores .... catering services: Dante's Peak Catering Services
Aileen Gabriel .... traffic coordinator: Engine Room
Cristina Galicia .... dialect coach
Ronald Lacumbis .... catering services: Dante's Peak Catering Services
Jason Paul Laxamana .... dialect coach
Jason Paul Laxamana .... script supervisor
Jesthela Lizardo .... marketing manager: Optima Digital
Raffy Magsaysay .... head: MIDI Sound Studios
Marivic Manguiat .... project coordinator: Opticolors
Ronnie Mazan .... engineer: Opticolors
Brandon Rambo Mendoza .... utility
Edmon Moya .... utility (as Edmond Moya)
Steven Orrica .... engineer: Engine Room (as Steve Orrica)
Freddie Pagnamitan .... printer operator: Opticolors
Roel Peralta .... utility
Marizaly J. Quitania .... researcher
Nelson Ramos .... negative machine operator: Opticolors
Ronald Rebua .... catering services: Dante's Peak Catering Services
Angie Reyes .... head: MIDI Sound Studios
Catalino Reyes .... engineer: Opticolors
John Paul Reyes .... head: MIDI Sound Studios
Joel Sanchez .... dialect coach
Jun Sanchez .... dialect coach
Sandy Santamaria .... sales manager: Opticolors
Ferdinand Santos .... printer operator: Opticolors
Eng Tamayo .... sales producer: Optima Digital
George Toralba .... technical operations manager: Opticolors
Allan Ulaso .... positive machine operator: Opticolors (as Alan Ulaso)
Ike Veneracion .... vice president of creative services: Engine Room
Benido Viaña Jr. .... engineering head: Opticolors
Bruno Barde .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Agnès Leroy .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Céline Petit .... press attache: France (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Serbis" - Philippines (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
90 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | France:-12 (with warning) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Philippines:R-18 (MTRCB) (re-rating) | Philippines:X (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | USA:R

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Trivia:
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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
If not only for the theater, 7 July 2008

Brillante Ma. Mendoza's latest film, "Serbis" (2008), may not even come close to the comparative brilliance of recent Filipino films like Jeffrey Jeturian's "Kubrador", Emmanuel dela Cruz' "Sarong banggi" and, yes, even Chito Rono's "Sukob", but it's still a curious work. For what the film lacks in plot and character development, which are really severely wanting, can be justly compensated by its prescribed milieu, which stands out as a character in itself--the movie theater run by the filmic family (no less named as "Family Theater").

With its dirty and dank hallways, its vandalized walls, its crumpled and faded movie posters, its hideously flooded and murky toilet, its duplicitous screening and projection room, not to mention its regular throng of patrons who may or may not be "there" for the featured film itself and the always-prevalent traffic and crowd noise outside, "Serbis" could've been made--or could be watched--just for this run-down and out-of-luck movie theater. (If this were a good, old classic silent film, then I could've mistaken it as a film about the theater itself.)

Mendoza may have seen--or at least, may have been aware of--Jacques Nolot's "Porn Theater" and Tsai Ming-liang's "Goodbye, Dragon Inn", which his film quite approximates in terms of setting and concern. But even then, "Serbis" doesn't have the self-criticizing humor of the former and the existential elegy of the latter, qualities which, in fairness to Mendoza, he may not have the intention of lending to his film. It's because from the looks of it (I mean literally), "Serbis" may be one of the many far-down-the-way descendants and variations of the Neo-Realist School of Thought (Naturalism, Abjection, Spontaneity, etc). But even then, unlike many of the best works from that venerated film-making method ("La Terra Trema", "The Bicycle Thief", "Shoeshine", "Salaam, Bombay!", "A Woman Under the Influence", "Rosetta", "Riff-Raff", even our own "Insiang", etc), his film actually eludes the capability of being situated in a wider social and political context, not even in a remote manner. Perhaps again, that's something that Mendoza may not even be set on achieving.

To put it bluntly, "Serbis" escapes any explanation, logical or otherwise. To say that it threads on naturalism is to state the obvious. To say that it borders on the absurd is to overstate the matter. To say that it has a radical agenda being rallied is to make the point moot and academic. But then, to dismiss the film as pointless and inconsequential is to underappreciate Mendoza's efforts in coming up with a "different" film like this. I say different in that while it's too lightweight to be considered an "art" film, it's too deliberate to be regarded as "trash" as well. (It wouldn't be selected for competition in this year's Cannes film festival if it didn't have "something" going for it, I guess.)

Still, I don't get it why some of the Cannes press and even the MTRCB here would be so bothered as to express aghast at some of the film's "disgusting" and "explicit" scenes. I contend that a couple of nude and sex scenes are just plain gratuitous, but the "disgusting" scenes being specified by the press are not even worth mentioning as to merit controversy. In themselves, these scenes just don't add up to a film that's already not meant to cohere. "Serbis" is definitely no "Irreversible" and "Humanite".

What can be a source of comfort is the fact that even works of disappointment do have their choice moments of saving grace. In this scant film's case, it's the selected portrayals of Gina Pareno, Jaclyn Jose and, yes, Coco Martin. If these actors are even "acting" in the film, that I don't know. Whenever Gina and Jaclyn (the beleaguered mother and daughter proprietors of the seedy cinema) are in the frame, they really command such a thespic presence, without them exerting so much effort (if there's one), even having themselves willingly sailed (I mean literally) through the muck and mire of the film. The same goes for Coco (the aimless son of the older proprietor), specifically with regards to the factor of being "dirtied" by the film. His character rarely utters a word in the film;most of the time, he's just seen doing "something", quietly and intently. But it's in such activities, I hope, that we get to have a glean of his mental and emotional state--like in the slow and long scene where he cleans the hopelessly recoverable cinema toilet (a part of his being "dirtied" by the film). Even the decried scene where he successfully pops a painful buttock pus using a cola bottle gets to signify a kind of self-epiphany (which leads to his ultimate detachment from his family by the film's end)!

Sadly, such choice moments of portrayal are still undermined by the fact that Armando Lao's script doesn't allow them to become fully-rounded characters as for the viewers to really feel their plight. These characters are made to appear as nothing more than like the strangers and acquaintances who we meet fleetingly and randomly in real life and then care for no more afterwards. If the fairly dignified thespic chops of Gina, Jaclyn and Coco are still led to feel that way, then what more of the other characters? This but true--like the projectionist character of Kristoffer King who is there just to be given a rough blow job by one of the theater's gay patrons and the ticket-booth attendant character of Roxanne Jordan who is there just to brazenly pose in nude in front of the mirror at the film's start. But then, didn't I mention earlier that "Serbis" could be just about the theater itself?

In itself, "Serbis" is a graphic and natural document of a Filipino slice-of-life, but not enough as to become a true piece of cinematic provocation and radicalness as what the majority of films being shown in Cannes are meant to be.

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