Ricky Lee’s award-winning screenplay brings to life an old Freddie Aguilar classic, telling the story an OFW mother dealing with the aftermath of her absence. 2000’s Anak uses old-fashioned film techniques such as melodramatic classical scoring, measured dialogues, and conversational blocking, to tell a contemporary story that is able to mirror the current Filipino condition. The movie effectively ushers the struggles of the modern-day heroes of the third-world into mainstream consciousness.
Just like Aguilar’s old-school record, Anak plays out like a wave, stirring emotions, gently passing until it wells up into an overwhelming crash; the movie’s climax is so moving it begs for tears. The stellar performances by Vilma Santos, Claudine Baretto, and a very subtle Baron Geisler solidifies this film’s status as one of the best dramas in Pinoy cinema. Jansen Musico