Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 – Movie Review: Funny, deep, creative

eugene-septic-tank-2Photo courtesy from Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Part 2 Official Facebook Page

Metro Manila Film Festival marked its 42nd year and as a tradition, I did not let the holidays pass without watching the entries.

“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #foreverisnotenough” was partnered with a short film “Manila Scream”. The latter focused on “The Scream” painting by Edvard Munch being copied by the character through facial expressions and body gestures. I recognized the painting since I already saw it in one of the art fairs that I went to. With regard to the acting, all are natural. The street kids acted like there’s no camera filming. Undoubtedly, they got the Special Jury Prize during the MMFF 2016 Awards Night. Congrats!

the-screamPhoto courtesy from http://www.edvardmunch.org

Now, let’s talk about Septic Tank 2. The movie within the movie started in Baguio. It is about the crumbling marriage of Romina and Cesar, in which Direk Rainier (Kean Cipriano) thought of shooting the film in the damaged and polluted areas of the city to correlate with the characters’ marriage. A perfect metaphor. Moreover, the two would go back to these places where their relationship flourished.

One of the funniest things of the film was when Eugene Domingo (Eugene Domingo) kept on suggesting things to be included in the film such as the actors, characters, theme song, etc. Nonetheless, as she said, she is not imposing rather just giving suggestions. After all, she’s just an actress. Haha.

Who haven’t given Facundo multiple stares? Eugene’s hot and handsome assistant from Spain whom she met during her Sabbatical. If ever you haven’t seen the film, you should watch out for this Spanish cutie with nice singing voice.

facundoPhoto courtesy from Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Part 2 Official Facebook Page

To be honest, I’m not a fan of Kean Cipriano, whether on his singing or acting. However, I appreciated Kean’s prowess in acting on Septic Tank 2. His angas, rakista look, and sharp stares merged well with the director’s character and courage. I’m not an acting guru yet I can rate him 5 out of 5.

With regard to the theme song “Forever Is Not Enough”, it scrapped the indie sense of the film. Most especially, music is one of the hefty factors in considering a film an independent. Perhaps, the Septic Tank team was thinking of the viewers since it will be showed during the holidays to attract more audience. Being highly appreciative of movies with good soundtrack and musical score, Septic Tank is a disappointment.

On the contrary, was it just me or we all waited for Eugene Domingo’s tips in acting? I laughed so hard during this scene hahaha! Here are the 3 kinds of Hugot Acting according to Ms. Domingo:

  1. Hugot sa Hangin. Eto iyong acting na mababaw ang hugot pero mahapdi parang sugat.
  2. Hugot sa Utak. Hugot na nakaka-what the fuck! So deep, cryptic. Hindi lang puso ang masakit, pati utak. Dito nagmula ang mga sikat na linya sa pelikula.
  3. Hugot Lupasay/Laslas Levels. Eto iyong acting na pang huling baraha, reached the rock bottom, deeper than Marianas trench. Naalala ko iyong TV Patrol acting sa Septic Tank 1 sa acting tip na ito.

“Di tayo biodegradable and non-biodegradable, di tayo church and state, di tayo damit na puti at de-color. Kaya hindi tayo pwede paghiwalayin.”

Location-wise, the resort is so beautiful and relaxing to look at. No wonder, Roselyn (Cai Cortez), the line producer, kept on updating her social media accounts since every spot was post-worthy. She has Lennon (Khalil Ramos), the new PA, to take her shots.

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-2-12-51-pmScreengrab from Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Part 2 Official Facebook Page

“Love is not suffering. Suffering is just that: suffering.”

False. I disagree since love and suffering come together. Pain and suffering are inevitable when you are in love. They could be inflicted unintentionally nonetheless they test how strong the love is between two people, how long can this love lasts in spite of everything.

During the intense dinner scene, which I think is the most important part of the film, Direk Rainier made it clear to Eugene Domingo that he does not want to create an escapist film. That he visions a film that would narrate his own crumbling marriage.

“Who would want to pay 250 pesos for a sad love story?”

I do.

I will pay 250 pesos for a sad love story that could instill me life lessons, whether on family, love, friends, and coming-of-age realities. Yes, it’s heartbreaking to watch a tragedy but if tragedy is reality then why not face it.

The ending of Septic Tank 2 came unexpectedly for me. I did not see it coming that the thing still has a part in the sequel. You guys should see the film to know what I’m talking about.

All in all, I believe the film is a great work of art (despite of its soundtrack). People must see it if they want to be entertained and be moved by its story. Excellent cast, story, location, and ending.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Disclaimer: I am just an average joe who loves movies. I’m no pro, these are all based on my opinion.
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