|Directed by||Rory Quintos|
|Produced by||Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
|Screenplay by||Ricardo Lee
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
|Running time||117 minutes|
Anak (The Child) is a critically acclaimed award-winning 2000 Filipino film directed by Rory Quintos starring Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto with Baron Geisler. It was the Philippines' submission to the 73rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.
The film has been restored by ABS-CBN Film Archive. The restored version premiered on ABS-CBN's movie channel, Cinema One, on May 22, 2013.
A woman struggling to make a better life for her family finds that her efforts have caused a rift between her and her children in this downbeat family drama. Josie (Vilma Santos) is a mother of three from the Philippines who took a job in Hong Kong, working as a nanny for a wealthy couple for several years. Josie knew she could make far more money in Hong Kong than she could at home, but she also had qualms about how this would affect her children, especially when her husband died not long after she left. When Josie returns home, she has gifts for everyone and has saved a large percentage of her salary, which she plans to use to start a business; but her children don't welcome their mother with open arms. The younger kids, Daday (Sheila May Alvero) and Michael (Baron Geisler), are guarded around Josie, and while in time they are able to mend their relationship with their mother, the oldest, Carla (Claudine Barretto) does nothing to disguise her resentment for what she sees as a callous abandonment of her family. Carla openly challenges Josie's authority, starts dating boys she knows her mother would not approve of, flaunts her burgeoning sexuality, and begins using drugs.
- Vilma Santos as Josie
- Claudine Barretto as Carla
- Joel Torre as Rudy
- Baron Geisler as Michael
- Amy Austria as Lyn
- Cherry Pie Picache as Mercy
- Sheila Mae Alvero as Daday
- Leandro Muñoz as Brian
- Tess Dumpit as Norma
- Cris Michelena as Arnel
- Hazel Ann Mendoza as Young Carla
- Daniel Morial as Young Michael
- Gino Paul Guzman as Don Don
- Jodi Sta. Maria as Bernadette
- Odette Khan as Mrs. Madrid
- Cinema of the Philippines
- List of submissions to the 73rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- "Record 46 Countries in Race for Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2000-11-20. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "AMPAS Announces the Nominees for the 73rd Academy Awards". indieWire. Retrieved 2008-07-19.[dead link]