Summer Heat traces the lives of a middle class Filipino family. Mang Rudy is a widowed man and an authoritative father of three daughters. The youngest daughter Grace just got married, and is excited about her new marriage life. However, she has meddlesome in-laws, and her husband is a mama’s boy who cannot make a single decision by himself. The second daughter Lourdes is fed up with her feeble, deadbeat husband and has an affair with a banker. Shocked on learning about Lourdes’ affair, her father has an heart attack, and Jess, the eldest daughter who has been resented by her father for her lesbian relationship, looks after him. Summer Heat is comprised of three separate episodes - ‘wind’, ‘fire’, ‘water’. The three episodes correspond with Kaledo, Maledo, and Kauran, which are Filipino words for early summer, mid summer and late summer. As the title of each episode suggests, the film portrays the ups and downs of life as the seasons change, and the complicated relationship between people. Throughout the film, director Mendoza maintains a warm, affectionate stance as he portrays the striving family.
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