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Anak (2000)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Rory B. Quintos

Writers:

Ricardo Lee (story and screenplay), Raymond Lee (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vilma Santos ... Josie
Claudine Barretto ... Carla
Joel Torre ... Rudy
Baron Geisler ... Michael
Sheila Mae Alvero Sheila Mae Alvero ... Daday (as Sheila Mae)
Amy Austria ... Lyn
Cherry Pie Picache ... Mercy
Leandro Muñoz ... Brian
Tess Dumpit Tess Dumpit ... Norma
Cris Michelena Cris Michelena ... Arnel
Hazel Ann Mendoza Hazel Ann Mendoza ... Young Carla
Daniel Morial Daniel Morial ... Young Michael
Gino Paul Guzman Gino Paul Guzman ... Don Don
Jodi Sta. Maria ... Bernadette
Odette Khan ... Mrs. Madrid
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official Site (Star Cinema)

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

The Child See more »

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Production Co:

Star Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of the Philippines for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 12 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bato sa Buhangin
Music by Ernani Cuenco
Lyrics by Snaffu Rigor
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Arranged by Ruth Bagalay
Performed by Vilma Santos, Joel Torre and Hazel Ann Mendoza
(Used with permission)
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Serious issue
17 April 2006 | by shi612See all my reviews

The Philippine president praises the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) as hero. This is nothing more than delusive. The reality of OFWs is almost slavery exporting. In this film, Josie, the mother, was locked in the house while her master and his family were on long vacation. That was why she could not attend her husband's funeral! Total remittance from the OFWs, who send most of their earnings from such humiliating work, amounts nearly US$ 10B annually. This film raises a serious issue in Philippine society, however, I think most of Philippine politicians may not even recognize how desperate a country which relies on exporting their people for such slavery jobs.

They leave their family because they love family. Mother leaves her children whom she wants to embrace always, and works for them sacrificing everything. Children feel they are abandoned by their mother even they know their daily life is supported by her remittance. Mother's love ends up with broken relationship. What a tragedy! The life of the family looks not bad in Philippine standard. In fact their house is large enough even in Japanese standard. However, their father, who looks a good man, do not have stable job, if not minimal income which is hard to afford their life. In fact, even working abroad as a maid is a kind of status.

I don't understand why the mother does not cancel going to Hong Kong and choose yet another life, to live with her family with less income, after reconciliation with her daughter. Unless Filipinos decide to quit working overseas for little money, I think this country would not become better.

By the way, this is the first film I saw Vilma Santos. Her performance is superb. Few actresses can act both comical and serious sides of the same character.


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