Babae at Baril: Is It Worth Watching?


It's a cruel world. While women everywhere are fighting for equality, we cannot deny that it's tough being a woman in a third world country. When people around you make life so much harder that it already is and push you to the limit until you snap, will you fight back or just let them be? 

Babae at Baril is a story of a girl who barely makes a living as a saleslady in a department store. The challenging daily commute, the scurrility of the drunk bums, discrimination at work, and sexual abuse by a co-worker were some of the "highlights" of her daily life. Everything changed when she found a gun. Desperation and a weapon are indeed a very dangerous combination.

Is it worth watching?

"Gusto mong iputok ko sa'yo ito?"

It was my first time to watch Janine Gutierrez and I was so impressed with her acting. Ramdam ko ang galit at lutong ng pagkakabitaw ng mura. Napakahusay. She can also convey so much emotion with just the expression on her face.

I was enjoying the movie until the flashback story about the gun was shown. I got confused and then bored. The story will work out just fine without it. 

If I were to give three reasons why you should watch Babae at Baril: Janine Gutierrez' acting is award-winning, cinematography gave the film a distinctive character, and the musical scoring is perfect for the theme. 

Babae at Baril is the offical entry to the QCinema International Film Festival of Cignal Entertainment, in partnership with EpicMedia.

The film also stars Felix Roco, Elijah Canlas, JC Santos, and Sky Teotico with special participation of Ruby Ruiz, Allan Paule, and Archie Adamos. 

Directed by Rae Red, Babae at Baril is one of the three recipients of P1.5M production grant from QCinema. The other movie entries from the Philippines are Glenn Barit's The Cleaners and Arnel Barbarona's Kaaway sa Sulod. There are also entries from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, and China.

The QCinema 2019 runs from October 13 to 22 at Gateway Mall, Ayala Trinoma, Robinsons Galleria, UPFI Cine Adarna, Cinema '76 Anonas, and Cinema Centenario in Quezon City.