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  • Summary: The film chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. DirectorThe film chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. 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. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. 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, 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. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty. (Ignatius Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 23, 2012
    75
    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 exportation.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 22, 2012
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    May 24, 2012
    60
    His (Rivera) movie hits its targets, but softly, more in amusement than in anger.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Jul 20, 2012
    10
    smells like ****
  2. Jul 16, 2012
    9
    Eugene Domingo delivers with excellence which might lead you to think that this movie was intentionally written for her. This film will hookEugene Domingo delivers with excellence which might lead you to think that this movie was intentionally written for her. This film will hook you to your seats and glue your eyes to the screen. - AO Zeta, Movie Notebook

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