The Woman in the Septic Tank


The Woman in the Septic Tank (2012)




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Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn's imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. -- (C) Official Site


Eugene Domingo
as Mila / Herself
Mercedes Cabral
as Mila / Herself
Cai Cortez
as Jocelyn

Critic Reviews for The Woman in the Septic Tank

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

[It] hits its targets, but softly, more in amusement than in anger.

May 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The novel and wickedly funny topic is mined for only a portion of its potential, but a little ironic astringency is certainly more unsettling than by-the-book slum drama.

May 22, 2012 | Full Review…

A lighthearted critique on the fetishized notion of the "non-actor," the ethics (or lack thereof) of the "docudrama," and the packaging of national despair for export.

May 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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