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 Child
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Directed byRory Quintos
Produced by
Screenplay by
Music byShaun Gaspar
CinematographyJoe Batac
Edited byGeorge Jarlego
Release date
  • May 10, 2000 (2000-05-10)
Running time
119 minutes
Box office₱165.93 million

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 problem 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 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.

In the end, Carla realized what she has done and understands the reason why her mother didn't return back home at the death of her father, she forgives her and changes her ways and promise her to take care of her younger siblings when she went back to Philippines


Main castEdit

Vilma Santos portrays Josie
Jodi Santamaria portrays Bernadette

Supporting castEdit

  • 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
  • Odette Khan as Mrs. Madrid

See alsoEdit


  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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