MOVIE 'ANAK' A SHOWCASE
OF ENSEMBLE ACTING
(from Manila Bulletin)
Quezon City, May 16, 2000 - BESIDES Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto as the clashing mother and daughter in Star Cinema's currently-showing smash-hit drama ''Anak,'' there are other actors in the Mother's Day offering who shine in their own rights with sterling performances.
There's Cherry Pie Picache as Vilma's fellow domestic helper in Hong Kong, acting her part with natural ease and spontaneity. And Amy Austria, also a domestic helper, whose character is a contrast to those of Vilma's and Cherry Pie's.
Or Baron Geisler who's a revelation as Vilma's teenage son gone astray. Or newcomer Sheila Mae Alvero as Vilma's youngest child rendered a stranger to her own mother by the mother's long absence while working in Hong Kong.
Directed by Rory B. Quintos from a screenplay by Ricky Lee and Raymond Lee, "Anak" is the best example of ensemble acting where all the performers seem to move to the same tune, as if in a symphony.
Star Circle member Leandro Muñoz also gives a credible performance as the guy who doesn't take advantage of the wayward Claudine, instead convin-cing Vilma of his good intentions toward her daughter.
Joel Torre, as the three children's dead father, appearing in poignant flashbacks, comes on as alive as the "live" performers are, making us believe how weak a father he is in the choice sequences he appears in.
Also turning in fine performances no matter how brief their roles are the supporting actors and actresses.
"Anak" is currently breaking box-office records. No doubt the big crowds that continue to flock to the theaters where it's showing are attracted by its very timely story acted out with impressive beauty and with such impact by the movie's cast which should be gathered again in a "reunion" vehicle, perhaps with Quintos again as director.
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