Thoughts On...Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2

There's an interesting scene in Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough that best describes my feelings for the movie. While fictional Eugene Domingo was doctoring Direk Rainier's (Kean Cipriano) script, she explains the three different types of hugot. Hugot type #2, Hugot sa utakis "cryptic, di lang masakit sa puso, masakit sa utak rin.The camera then cuts to an imagined scene with Romina and Cesar (played by Jericho Rosales) eating silently at a restaurant. Cesar asks Romina what's wrong. Romina reflects on their relationship and goes on a long tongue twister of a hugotCesar, not understanding what Romina was saying, asked her to repeat her reflections, not once, but twice. The scene ends with Cesar giving up on deciphering Romina and starts to ugly cry. In this scenario, I'm Cesar who tried and gave up on figuring out what Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 wanted to say. 

I remember being blown away by Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank back in 2011 after its Cinemalaya run. It was my first time to watch a self-aware Filipino movie; unafraid to poke fun at the poverty porn trend that was all the rage in the indie film scene that time. And it was super FUNNY. Their impromptu musical number about sabaw is still one of the best moments in Filipino cinema that I've seen (you can listen to an audio of the song here). Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank was a light and fun time.

Septic Tank 2 wanted to keep the elements that made the first movie great but with a more timely, relevant and ambitious theme-- indie vs. mainstream. The whole movie was basically a tug-of-war between direk Rainier's indie-leaning vision versus fictional Eugene Domingo's mainstream changes. I got excited that they were gutsy again to reflect the current issues of local cinema. In addition, at a macro level, a positive and accessible way for audiences to hear out the arguments of each side and help process the issue.

However, Septic Tank 2 had an abrupt and cop out ending. I was surprised that the movie ended where it ended because I was still waiting for the movie's side on the issue. It did nothing with the arguments that it presented. And to top it all off, it was the same ending as the first movie, albeit less funny.

 

SHOUT OUTS

  • Okay to be fair, that hugot sa utak scene was a funny scene
  • No doubt about it, Eugene Domingo is the MVP of the movie with her channeling her inner Kris Aquino
  • "Si Marion Cotilliard kadirect message ko sa instagram, ito na yung rurok direk." I feel you fictional Eugene Domingo, I'd feel the same way. 
  • "Bakit? Anong masama sa pop?" yes!

 

CALL OUTS

  • Though funny, some of its comedic bits ran too long. The hashtags bit at the start wasn't funny. I also didn't need to hear the whole of Forever Is Not Enough to get the joke

  • I would have liked it if Cai Cortez's character was still a PA and still kept silent the whole film. 

  • I don't understand why they ran a bit with imagined Joel Torre pissed off and calling his agent.

 

STRAY THOUGHTS

  • Yes, Eugene Domingo did study Spanish in Salamanca.