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Fetch a Pail of Water (1999)

Pila-Balde (original title)
A slice of daily life in the slums of the Philippines. Gina, a poor but honest young girl sells banana slices. She lives with her grandmother and her younger brother and sister, her father ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeffrey Jeturian

Writer:

Armando Lao (story and screenplay)
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7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Capri ... Gina
Marcus Madrigal Marcus Madrigal ... Nonoy
Harold Pineda Harold Pineda ... Jimboy
Allen Dizon ... Eric
Estrella Kuenzler ... Lola Cion
Becky Misa Becky Misa ... Mrs. Alano
Jess Evardone ... Merto
Engelbert De Ramos Engelbert De Ramos ... Boyet
Darylynn Dajao Darylynn Dajao ... Maria
Amaya Meynard Amaya Meynard ... Shirley
Rina Rosal Rina Rosal ... Cynthia
Lawrence Roxas Lawrence Roxas ... Stewart
Jan Gomez Jan Gomez ... Isko
Justin Moreno Justin Moreno ... Tattoo
Charissa Pascual Charissa Pascual ... Bebeng
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Storyline

A slice of daily life in the slums of the Philippines. Gina, a poor but honest young girl sells banana slices. She lives with her grandmother and her younger brother and sister, her father being in jail. Nonoy, a water boy, delivers water up six floors to the rich Mrs. Alano. Nonoy is in love with Gina, but she desires her classmate, Jimboy, a handsome flirt, who is the son of Mrs. Alano. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

2 June 1999 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Fetch a Pail of Water See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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20 January 2005 | by kcabad-1See all my reviews

I agree with the preceding comment. The film was predictable and its use of the formulaic poor girl woos rich guy from the city was tiring to watch to say the least. However, Ana Capri's portrayal of the poor girl was an eye-opener. She was marvelous with her character and definitely deserved a better vehicle (i.e. She was exceptional in Sa Paraiso Ni Efren!). This film has won certain awards locally and abroad and has put Capri's name in the Philippine Showbusiness Map. Some of the actors who participated in this film were also good, but Capri really outshone everybody here.

Also, the cinematography and editing were good. Viewers will have a taste of Manila's impoverished areas. The director also accurately captured how poverty-stricken Filipinos live their lives, i.e. fetching water outside (some areas don't have potable water in their homes), propensity to drink and gamble to have a good time, and so forth. Recommended for the stark depiction of Manila and Capri's thespic acting abilities.

6/10


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