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The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011)
"Ang babae sa septic tank" (original title)

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Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They set out to do a quick pre-production as a courtesy call to their lead ... See full summary »

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Mila / Herself
JM de Guzman ...
Bingbong
Kean Cipriano ...
Rainier
Cai Cortez ...
Jocelyn
Jonathan Tadioan ...
Arthur Poongbato
Carlos Dala ...
Mila's Son
K.C. Marcelo ...
Mila's Daughter
Cherry Pie Picache ...
Mila / Herself
Mercedes Cabral ...
Mila / Herself
Lani Tapia ...
Documentary Mila
Sonny Bautista ...
Security Guard
Aaron Ching ...
Peta Kalingan Ensemble
Buddy Saramat ...
Peta Kalingan Ensemble
Carlon Matobato ...
Peta Kalingan Ensemble
Cheeno Macaraig ...
Peta Kalingan Ensemble
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Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They set out to do a quick pre-production as a courtesy call to their lead actress played by Eugene Domingo, and a through inspection of their film's major location, the Payatas dumpsite. They believe they have a winning script, and the energy and drive to make their dreams come true, no matter what the cost. Written by ledster

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Philippine's official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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Walang-Wala
All voices performed by Vincent de Jesus and Joanne Marie Bugcat
Lyrics by Chris Martinez
Music and arrangement by Vincent de Jesus
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Karl Tria-Tirona
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A Different Comedy Film Experience
4 August 2011 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

Watching "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" is a unique look inside the processes of movie-making which we as laymen are not usually privy. We were walked through a script in progress from the brainstorming, to the problems and eventual compromising involved in the areas of casting, production design and location by young director Rainier (Kean Cipriano), his producer Bingbong (JM de Guzman) and their generally silent production assistant Jocelyn (Cai Cortez).

Their movie called "Walang Wala" dealt with a poor mother from the slums who was forced by dire circumstances to a despicably desperate way to earn money. It was very interesting to actually see this very serious "movie-within-the-movie," which was originally planned to have a quiet indie drama treatment, reinterpreted as a docu-drama, then into a musical and even into commercial melodrama. It was also amusing to see different actresses play the mother role of Mila as the filmmakers discussed their casting choices.

Cipriano and de Guzman play their respective roles in a very straight- forward way, as you would expect new, young, idealistic and enthusiastic indie filmmakers were to behave in real life. You can really feel their frustrations as their dream project goes further and further away from their original vision. Warning to people sensitive to cuss words: they fly liberally here and not bleeped out.

As their "star", Eugene Domingo again goes to town playing herself! When she delivers her killer punchlines, you can see writer Chris Martinez's triumphant contentment as his words are delivered with perfect timing. That Best Actress award she received in the New Breed category is fully deserved. That incredible last scene alone would have earned her the prize already.

It is no wonder that this film was the most popular entry in the recently concluded Cinemalaya Film Festival last month. No wonder also that it swept the major prizes in the New Breed (Full Length) Category, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Marlon Rivera), Best Screenplay (Chris Martinez), Best Actress (Eugene Domingo) and the Audience Choice Awards. It was so successful at the festival that Star Cinema picked it up for the wide theatrical distribution that it so richly deserves.

OK it is still an indie film so you will expect the film quality to be not too polished. The camera in some scenes especially in the beginning were not too focused. The lighting for a lot of indoor scenes were insufficient. In any case, for its excellent writing and execution, this film is definitely another important success in the history of Philippine cinematic comedy.


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