Movie Review: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)

There was one film I kept my eye on at the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival and that's Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman at the Septic Tank). I wasn't disappointed.

The premise of the film is pretty simple: A group of young indie film makers aims to dominate the international film festival scene and they feel their ticket is a script entitled "Walang Wala" (With Nothing). The script is so compelling that actress Eugene Domingo (who plays herself in the film) thinks that this will be the next great Filipino film. On the way to meeting the actress, the film makers imagine different versions of what the film could be like.

The humor of the film is anchored on two things: a satirical look at the Philippine indie scene (where poverty porn is a favorite topic), and the different re-imaginations of the prospective film. Those familiar with improv comedy will see that Ang Babae sa Septic Tank uses a technique where actors play out the same scene in different genres. This film is a clever execution of that, thanks to director Marlon Rivera and writer Chris Martinez (100, Here Comes the Bride, Temptation Island) handiwork.

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is a smart and very likeable indie film that folks should catch at Cinemalaya Film Festival; I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4.5/5

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