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  • Summary: Serbis, from acclaimed Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, is about the Pineda family, who operates and lives in a run-down movie house that shows dated sexy double-feature films. As they go about their daily activities, we get a glimpse of how the family suffers and deals with each other’s sins and vices. Preoccupied with their own personal demons, they are unmindful that inside their movie theater another kind of business is going on between the “serbis” boys and the gay patrons. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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  1. Serbis has the feel of a documentary, but a documentary can't accomplish what Serbis does: Take us to a corner of the world where sex and regret are so intimately entwined.
  2. 90
    Serbis may be a raunch-fest, but it's also a mind-trip--a raunch-fest with ideas.
  3. 88
    Merry, filthy, unstoppably hormonal, Serbis feels very much like the sort of movie that happens when no one is minding the store.
  4. The theater building is a four-story monster, and by the end of the picture we know it very well, in all its broken-down glory.
  5. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    70
    The camera explores each nook and cranny of the dilapidated movie-house like an usher who knows his way round blindfolded, and the building, with its richly visual interior structures desperately in need of an overhaul, comes to symbolize poetically the predicament of its inhabitants and their moral ambiguity.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Raunchy and profane.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    60
    Brillante Mendoza’s latest opus that revels in shock value.

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  1. Sep 6, 2010
    6
    If you are not deeply committed to independent cinema or perhaps deeply into Asian pornography you won't like this film, but if you are... then I say give it a try. Serbis -- a Filipino film with subtitles -- tells the story of a three-generation family living in and running a rundown former family movie theater that now runs soft-core porn and caters to a largely homosexual and illicit crowd. The dark movie house is filled with prostitutes, johns and who knows what else. It is all very unseemly in a movie theater that is just as disgusting as the things that go on there. Throughout the theater there are signs that read â Expand

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