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Anak: A Filipino Drama Film Starring Vilma Santos

Anak (English: Child) is a 2000 Filipino drama film directed by Rory B. Quintos and starring Vilma Santos, Claudine Barretto, Joel Torre, and Baron Geisler. It tells the story of Josie, a mother who returns to the Philippines after working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong for six years and struggles to reconnect with her children who resent her for leaving them. The film was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, earning numerous awards and becoming one of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time.


The film was released on May 12, 2000 by Star Cinema. It was also screened at various international film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Pusan International Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. It was also selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 73rd Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.


Josie (Vilma Santos) is a Filipina who works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong to support her family in the Philippines. She has three children: Carla (Claudine Barretto), Michael (Baron Geisler), and Daday (Sheila Mae Alvero). She also has a husband, Rudy (Joel Torre), who is a taxi driver. Josie sends money and gifts to her family regularly, but she rarely communicates with them due to her busy schedule and the expensive phone calls.

After six years of working abroad, Josie finally gets the chance to return home and reunite with her family. However, she is shocked to discover that her family has fallen apart in her absence. Her husband has died of a heart attack, leaving her children orphaned and traumatized. Carla, her eldest daughter, blames Josie for abandoning them and for her father's death. She also resents Josie for missing her graduation and her debut. She rebels against Josie by smoking, drinking, partying, and dating older men. Michael, her son, loses his scholarship at a prestigious school due to his poor grades and his involvement in a fraternity. He also becomes addicted to drugs and gambling. Daday, her youngest daughter, remains distant and aloof from Josie after being used to living without her.

Josie tries to repair the damage of being away from her children for so long and to put her family back together again. She faces various challenges and conflicts with her children, especially with Carla, who constantly rejects her attempts to reconcile. Josie also has to deal with the financial problems of her family, such as paying off their debts and finding a new source of income. She also has to cope with the changes in the society and the culture that she left behind.

As Josie struggles to rebuild her relationship with her children, she also finds support and friendship from Lyn (Amy Austria), Mercy (Cherry Pie Picache), and Norma (Tess Dumpit), who are also former overseas workers who have returned to the Philippines. They share their experiences and challenges as mothers who have sacrificed their personal lives for their families.

The film ends with Josie reconciling with Carla after a heated argument that leads to Carla's miscarriage. Josie forgives Carla for all the pain she has caused her and accepts her as her daughter. Carla also apologizes to Josie for all the hurtful words she has said to her and acknowledges her as her mother. They hug each other and cry together. Michael and Daday also join them in a group hug, signifying their reunion as a family.


  • Vilma Santos as Josie

  • Claudine Barretto as Carla

  • Joel Torre as Rudy

  • Baron Geisler as Michael

  • Sheila Mae Alvero as Daday

  • Amy Austria as Lyn

  • Cherry Pie Picache as Mercy

  • Tess Dumpit as Norma

  • Leandro Muñoz as Brian

  • Jodi Sta. Maria as Bernadette

  • Odette Khan as Mrs. Madrid

  • John Lapus as Sing-Along Bar Host 1

  • Jojo Saguin as Sing-Along Bar Host 2


Anak was a critical and commercial success. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised the film's direction, screenplay, cinematography, music, and especially the performances of the cast, particularly Santos and Barretto. The film also won numerous awards from various award-giving bodies, such as the FAMAS Awards, the Gawad Urian Awards, the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards, the Star Awards for Movies, and the Young Critics Circle Awards. Santos and Barretto also received several Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards for their roles.

The film was also a box office hit, earning over 160 million in its theatrical run. It became one of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time and the highest-grossing Filipino film of 2000. It also broke the record for the highest opening day gross for a Filipino film at that time, earning 8 million on its first day of release.

Where to Watch

If you are interested in watching Anak, you can stream it online on [Apple TV] or [Plex]. You can also buy or rent it on [Apple TV]. You can also watch the trailer of the film on [JustWatch].

I hope this article has helped you learn more about Anak and why it is considered one of the best Filipino films ever made. Thank you for reading!


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