Anak (film)

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The Child
Anak poster.jpg
Directed by Rory Quintos
Produced by Trina N. Dayrit
Screenplay by Ricardo Lee
Raymond Lee
Starring Vilma Santos
Claudine Barretto
Music by Shaun Gaspar
Edited by George Jarlego
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date
  • May 10, 2000 (2000-05-10)
Running time
119 minutes
Country Philippines
Language English/Tagalog
Box office ₱165.93 million

The Child (Anak) is a 2000 Filipino family drama film directed by Rory Quintos starring Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto with Baron Geisler.The film was critically acclaimed by film critics. 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.[1][2]

The film has been restored by ABS-CBN Film Archives. The restored version premiered on ABS-CBN's movie channel, Cinema One, on May 22, 2015.


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 is a mother of three children (Carla, Michael, and Daday) from the Philippines who takes a job in Hong Kong as a nanny for a wealthy couple for several years. She knows she can make far more money in Hong Kong than she could at home, but also has qualms about how her absence will affect her children, especially when her husband died not long after she left. When Josie returns home, she has gifts for everyone and savings from her salary, which she plans to use to start a business. Her children, however, don't welcome their mother with open arms. The younger kids, Daday and Michael, are guarded around Josie, and while they eventually mend their relationship with their mother, the oldest, Carla, does nothing to disguise her resentment for what she sees as callous abandonment of her family. Carla openly challenges Josie's authority, starts dating boys she knows her mother wouldn't approve of, flaunts her burgeoning sexuality, begins using drugs and has multiple abortions.


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  1. ^ "Record 46 Countries in Race for Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2000-11-20. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  2. ^ "AMPAS Announces the Nominees for the 73rd Academy Awards". indieWire. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 

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