“Ataul for Rent”
The story revolves around the lives of a live-in couple who owns a small-time funeral parlor renting out coffins of four different sizes, small, medium, large and extra small. Guido, the owner, doubles as the embalmer, while his partner, Pining, does the make-up and uses the same equipments for both the dead and the living and is the jueteng kubrador of the neighborhood. There were a lot of kinds of people living in that area, snatchers, rapists, gamblers, drug addicts, drunkards, prostitutes, gossipers and other disreputable characters. It seems that the people who lives there are not afraid of the laws of the government and to our creator, God. And it appears that they lack goodness of the heart and good morals. Tragedies consecutively happened. First, Tale, the shabu-user mother of a drunkard son, Second, Moises, a professional thief who was killed/salvaged by the police and was a husband to a nagging wife with three kids; and lastly, Andoy, an addict whose brother Danny is a call boy con snatcher and whose gambling laundry woman mother Aling Carmen became insane after Andoy was killed by a drug lord and gang leader. Almost same scenes happened every day. People were gambling, gossiping and drinking alcohol while hanging out in the funeral wakes along the alley. Because the alleys are becoming dens of evil scourge of society the government was forced to demolish the people’s houses and on the same site a new church will be constructed and a new hope. Although, I’m aware that the number 1 problem of the Philippines right now is poverty, I still can’t believe such situations are happening here and is prevalent in our country. For poverty is not the reason to commit crimes. Isn’t it bad to exchange morality principles from a growling stomach? This is a movie worth watching for it is an eye-opener to everyone, economically, socially and politically. This movie will help different people, rich or poor, to realize that despite of the hardships...
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