Amy, the family matriarch, makes ends meet by running a small convenience store out of her home. But in a struggling economy customers are scarce, and without the help of her husband or pregnant daughter, she is forced to supplement the family income by collecting bets for an illegal numbers game. In this starkly realistic narrative, director Jeffrey Jeturian presents a captivating portrait of a once-proud woman, haunted by memories of a dead son and hounded by the police, and her fragile and lonely life as a kubrador (bet collector) on the streets of Manila.
“Inevitably, this film outshines all the others for its mere as well as rare simplicity. As juries we do get to see various works of craftsmanship but hardly come across such a film which touches the core of everyone’s heart in spite of our own cultural limitations… The Bet Collector’ has urgency, freshness and hidden depths; to paraphrase the poet Walt Whitman, it may not be a large film, but it contains multitudes within its rough-edged simplicity.” -FIPRESCI
“…Jeturian’s powerful film both reflects and boosts a sudden creative resurgence in Filipino film culture.” -Tony Rayns, The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival
‘The Bet Collector’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Filipino and Tagalog with English subtitles.