As far as their film school final project is concerned, these three students
have only one goal in mind - international fame, including
Oscars and festival prizes. They know what foreign audiences expect
from Philippine cinema - prostitution, abuse, rubbish tips and slums -
and apply this magic formula to develop the ultimate in misery porn.
A mother, battered by life, sells her child to a sex tourist; a story as
harsh and realistic as it is rousingly emotional. The only thing missing
is a big-name star, but famous actresses can be such divas...
ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK is the most successful independent film
in the history of Philippine cinema, and a rare example of an intelligent
film-within-a-film plot that takes an illuminating behind-thescenes
look at filmmaking. Highly entertaining and hugely self-deprecating,
this comedy draws on ingrained clichés in order to shamelessly
exploit them. In addition, the sophisticated dramatic structure
allows leading lady Eugene Domingo, a Filipino movie star in real life,
to deliver an exceptional performance, at once touching and wildly