Roman Catholicism and traditional animistic beliefs clash in this well-intentioned social drama from the Philippines, set in a remote village during a prolonged drought. Not surprisingly, the natural disaster brings to the surface a variety of prejudices and reveals the community's hierarchy of values pertaining to God, man, and nature: a few villagers seek solace in prayer, but the majority believe that only a sacrificial virgin can appease the angry gods. Caught in the middle are the village's children, especially the blind girl and bastard boy subjected to the stern dictates of superstitious adults. Director Carlos Siguion-Reyna has a keen eye for psychological detail as well as the spiritual complexity of life in a rural community. He takes no sides in the religious tug-of-war, revealing both the moral shortcomings of the Church and the animists' vicious cycle of misogynism. The linear narrative can be fairly predictable but fails to diminish the clarity of Siguion-Reyna's social observation.