It is the children, whom parents think are investments for old age and reduced to being household props, cause the hostilities but finally bridges the gap between their class differences. The affluent fishing magnate Mr. Franco (Nello Nayo) and the lowly driver Mang Indo (Van de Leon) represent the feuding families. Mr. Franco's son Rudy (Zaldy Zshornack), a vacationing medical intern and daughter Baby (Djhoanna Garcia) are determined to make it out with Mang Indo's children, Lydia (Boots Anson-Roa) and Eddie (Walter Navarro) respectively, in spite of their father's protestations and attitude. One of the most powerful scenes in the movie is Padre Castro's (Vic Silayan) call for responsible parenthood in his Sunday homily where he criticizes the town's mothers and fathers for their lack of moral responsibility. Lack of logical continuity from scene to scene is evident, the cinematography, hazy at times and the direction tends to be too stationary. What makes up for these impurities is the dialogue. The lines never fail to elicit favorable reaction. The performances are also commendable, especially those of Van de Leon and Boots Anson-Roa for they provide a dramatic tour de force and a sense of tragedy to the film. The pacing is just right, the locales, well photographed and the idiosyncrasies of rural life interpreted vividly by a company of people who take Filipino cinema seriously. The meticulous research and the filmmakers' good intentions is enough to make the bells toll loud and long for these people's courage to turn the tide.
Directed By: Pablo Santiago
Screenplay: Ding M. de Jesus And Tommy C. David
Director Of Photography: Jose Batac, Jr.
Music: Restie Umali
Film Editor: Augusto Salvador
Production Design: Buboy Bautista
Produced By: Roda Films
Release Date: March 8, 1974