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Acuña, Jener C.
Submitted to: Mr. Noel Dizon
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Sharon Cuneta as Sarah Gonzales John Estrada as Theodore "Teddy" Gonzales Rica Peralejo as Karen Jhong Hilario as Joseph Saul Reichlin as Mr. Morgan Matthew Rutherford as David Morgan Claire Jeater as Margaret Morgan John Vladimir Manalo as Paulo Gonzales Makisig Morales as Sean Mickey Ferriols as Julia Lotlot De Leon as Betty Marita Zobel as Nemie Anita Linda as Lola Miling Cheska Billiones as Sarah's student Consuelo Bilcliffe as Ditas
Director: Chito S. Roño Producer: Elma Medua Script Writer: Chris Martinez
Sarah (Sharon Cuneta), a grade school English teacher, joins the 150,000 Pinoy OFWs working in the United Kingdom to support her husband, Teddy (John Estrada), in making a better living for their family. More than just a chronicle of the Filipinos' experience working as nurses and caregivers in the UK, this story also charts Sarah's journey to self-discovery – from a submissive wife who makes sacrifices to make way for her Teddy's aspirations to an empowered woman who finds dignity and pride in a humbling job as a caregiver in London.
The story begins as Sarah says goodbye to her familiar world. After finishing an arduous course in caregiving, she bids farewell to the Grade 5 classroom, where she teaches English. She buys a winter coat for her son Paulo and promises that he would use it once she can afford to take him to London. In typical Pinoy fashion, she shares tearful goodbyes with her whole family at the airport when she finally leaves for the United Kingdom. Finally, Sarah arrives in London. At their small flat, she and Teddy share a passionate reunion. With a honeymoon mood, he takes her to the beautiful sights in London. While window-shopping at a famous mall, Sarah meets Sean (Makisig Morales), a spunky Filipino boy, as she catches him trying to shoplift chocolate bars. After that fleeting period of excitement, she experiences the hard challenges every Filipino caregivers face every day: the icy weather, the dirty work, the difficult patients. Meanwhile, Teddy also struggles with the daily grind in the hospital as he works. Despite the difficulties of adjusting to London life, however, Sarah faithfully stands by her Teddy. She tries to make the most of the situation by giving her best in her work, and in this way, earns the respect of Mr. Morgan, his wealthy old ward. However, Teddy is oblivious to her success, as he is absorbed in his own problems with work. Sarah finds solace in her friendship with Mr. Morgan and his son David, who seems to appreciate her more than Teddy does, and with little Sean, who somehow eases her longing for her own son. Tensions rise between Sarah and Teddy as the stress of London life takes its toll on their marriage. Because of the mounting conflicts both at work and home, Teddy decides to give up. He tells Sarah that they are going back to the Philippines.
Sarah finds it very hard to accept Teddy's decision. She knows that staying in London is the best thing for their family, because returning to the Philippines would only mean going back to the same problems they had before. Sarah finds the strength to stay in London to continue seeking a better life for her son, even if it means losing her marriage. The movie ended showing Sarah in a park in London, after Teddy went back to the Philippines.
“Finding one’s real happiness in the midst of life challenges leads you to success” The theme of the movie “CAREGIVER” by Sharon Cuneta is related to the value of self-initiative. It is the ability to take the lead, the capacity to begin the first step and the power to blaze the trail. “Sarah” takes her step in order to fulfill her passion to serve for the betterment of her life as well as her children even if her marriage with “Teddy” will be sacrifice. The challenges in life made her more persevering and hardworking towards the good future of her family. The theme also relates to the value of family. Sarah perceives the challenges of being an OFW as a means elevating the family’s financial status. She gets all her strength from her beloved family. She knows in her heart that what she does today will reflect to the future of her family. Happiness and unhappiness, success and failure, are centered on the Filipino Family. Filipino give so much value to the family that they labor so hard and sacrifice so much, if only to maintain an orderly, peaceful, successful and happy family. The family is the source of lasting inspiration that made Sarah to continue her struggle as an OFW in London.
“I don’t care about my job, I care about you.” This is one of the lines of Sarah, a character played by Sharon Cuneta that has something to do with human fellowship. Human fellowship is characterized by truthfulness, honesty and lasting friendship. The mutual trust of people involve like Mr. Morgan to Sarah reflects the Filipinos high regard towards human fellowship. Sarah finds her real happiness in his job. Her job is not to clean their mess, serve or feed the old, but also to touch the life of the one you’ve been taking care of.
(Jener C. Acuña)
1. “Perseverance leads to one’s real happiness”
In order to reach our goals, we must work hard so that we can achieve it. In the end, we will be the one to reap for the outcomes of our sacrifice. Being hardworking is an asset towards the fulfillment of our plans in life. Acquiring this skill is a plus point
2. “Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst
is not to try.” Yes, it is true. The lack of self-confidence a person retreats from the challenges in life. In the case of “Teddy”, he surrenders to the hardships he encountered in his workplace. Now, he ends in failure for not trying his best for the better future of his family.
3. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
A long journey starts with a single step. You can never reach your destination without making any decisions as well as actions towards the fulfillment of your goals. I know that the Sarah’s decision is hard, but it is her starting point to live a new life.
4. “The world is round and the place which may seem like
the end may also be only the beginning.” Nothing is permanent in this world. Every new beginning starts from other new beginning’s end. It may be the end of something that is important in your life, but it also marks the beginning of something new.
5. “Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but also in
the ability to start over.” The strength and self-confidence you have is an asset to endure the daily challenges in life. In other way around, the most practical usage of that strength and selfconfidence is to start something new that will help you to attain success in life.