Nov 25
IMDB RATINGS OF OSCAR FOREIGN FILM ENTRIES by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Nov 25, 2011

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank), the country’s entry to the best foreign language film category of next year’s Oscar Awards, might go the way of our other entries in the past so many years but at least, it already got a good rating from the Internet Movie database (IMDb).

The IMDb gave ratings to all but five of the 63 film entries submitted from all over the world. Our film is among the 12 entries which got a rating above the 8 level. The IMDb rating ranges from 1 (awful) to 10 (excellent).

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The entries rated by the IMDb (from highest down) are as follows:

Portugal—Jose and Pilar (Miguel Goncalves Mendez) 8.8
Jose Saramago, Portugal’s famous novelist, and his wife Pilar, return home after a promotion tour to finish his final masterpiece. But the public demands more of him and he finds it hard to devote his time to the art he loves. A funny and touching portrait on the endurance of a writer who finds strength from his wife to forge ahead against the enormous pressures of being a very private man with a public persona.

Iran—Nadir and Simin, a Separation (Asghar Fahadi) 8.6
A couple (Nadir and Simin) is caught in a quandary–between leaving Iran to ensure a better future for their daughter (Termeh) or staying to take care of Nadir’s father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. However, their marriage may end in divorce as Simin is determined to leave the country with her daughter.

Turkey—Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 8.6
An intense and slow-moving drama about the search for a corpse in the grassland of Turkish Anatolia. A doctor, a public prosecutor, a police chief and a murder suspect together comb the region’s vast steppes in what becomes a critique on bureaucracy and a meditation on guilt and responsibility.

Chile—Violeta (Andres Wood) 8.5
A personal, biographical look at Violeta Parna, a Chilean folk singer, artist and activist who is compared to Edith Piaf or Bob Dylan. Violeta wrote the oft-recorded Gracias a la Vida before committing suicide at the age of 49.

Bosnia and Herzegovina—Belvedere (Ahmed Imamovic) 8.4
The film deals with the tragedy of the women survivors of the Srebrenica genocide and the consequences of the horrors they experienced.

These survivors painstakingly search for the bones of their loved ones to give them decent burials. But after 15 long years, they still want just one single thing—the truth.

Hungary—The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitsky) 8.3
In 1889, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while travelling in Turin, Italy. He wrapped his arms around the horse’s neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bedridden and speechless for the next 11 years until his death. This film is a fictionalized story of what happened to the horse. The man who whipped the horse is a rural farmer who makes his living taking on carting jobs into the city with his horse-drawn cart. The horse is old and in very poor health but does its best to obey its master’s commands. The farmer and his daughter must come to the understanding that the horse will soon be unable to go on sustaining their livelihoods. The dying of the horse is the crux of this tragic tale.

India—Adaminte Makan Abu (Salim Ahmed) 8.3
Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this. Now in their late 70s, they decide that they will go for Hajj this year. Abu, being a true Muslim, wants to go for Hajj only according to all diktats of Islam. Good-natured people try to help him by loaning the amount, but since this is against the accepted practices of the religion, he refuses to take them. Finally, they are not able to go. On the dawn of the Hajj, Abu tells his wife that they will go the next year. He goes to the mosque to pray on Hajj morning.

Brazil—Tropa de Elite 2 (Jose Padilha) 8.3
After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High Security Penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, Lt. Col. Roberto Nascimento and second-in-command Capt. Andre Matias are accused by the Human Rights Aid member Diego Fraga of execution of prisoners. Matias is transferred to the corrupted Military Police and Nascimento is exonerated from the BOPE by the Governor. However, due to the increasing popularity of Nascimento, the Governor invites him to team up with the intelligence area of the Secretary of Security. Along the years, Fraga, who is married with Nascimento’s former wife, is elected State Representative and Nascimento’s son Rafael has issues with his biological father. Meanwhile, Nascimento and the BOPE expel the drug dealers from several slums but another enemy arises: the militia led by Major Rocha and supported by the Governor.

Venezuela—The Rumble of the Stones (Alejandro Bellame Palacios) 8.2
Delia is a young woman who survived a river-flood 10 years ago. She lives with her mother and her two sons. They have been forced to live in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. She works hard trying to rebuild their lives but she soon discovers that her sons William and Santiago are exposed to the violent and dangerous environment they live in. And Raiza, the grandmother, is the living image of hopelessness. The four characters will show us that the hope of reconstruction is possible because the force of love, despite all, keeps them united.

Macedonia—Punk’s Not Dead (Vladimir Blazevski) 8.1
The film focuses on the hero, Mirsa, a former singer from the band that once ruled the Macedonian punk scene. Now 40 and still living with his mother, he gets by selling drugs for a fearsome Albanian. The dealer then hatches a Blues Brothers-style mission to reunite the band for a benefit concert in a town with a repressed Albanian majority.

Philippines—The Woman in Septic Tank (Marlon Rivera) 8.1
The film chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-production at Starbucks, a courtesy call on their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. It is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making film and the romanticization of poverty.

Hongkong—A Simple Life (Ann Hui) 8.0
The film follows an old lady who devotes her life to a rich family, working as their maid.


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