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Ang Babae sa Septic Tank Review: Poverty Porn Parody

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is an entertaining satire of the indie film industry and its use of poverty porn to bait awards.

The movie within a movie’s script titled “Walang-wala” undergoes different versions – from a low budget take on social realism, to a documentary, then randomly into a musical.

The movie also takes a stab at mainstream melodramas as Eugene Domingo’s version shows unrealistically coiffed poor characters and exaggerated scenes. She also gets pulled into the satire as a parody of herself.

The filmmakers weren’t spared from this too as the group lounges in a coffee shop armed with a Mac and an iPad, reminiscent of pretentious well-educated twenty-somethings who hang around at Starbucks. In the same scene, the joke continues as a more successful acquaintance drops by with his entourage, name-dropping repeatedly and mispronouncing espresso.

All the actors here are good, but not as much as Eugene Domingo. She shifts between comedy and drama with ease.

The movie is essentially a running joke of sequences 34-40. But Ang Babae sa Septic Tank remains to be a hilarious parody propelled by a great performance by its lead.

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (Woman in the Septic Tank)

7

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is a one-note but hilarious and well-acted movie that pokes fun at the indie film industry.

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