Based on a popular Filipino stage play and the 1977 film that first transferred the material to the screen, Jose Javier Reyes’s remake Masikip mainit... paraisong parisukat (2002) trains its gaze on shoe-store employees in contemporary Manila. Central to the ensemble cast is Al (Jay Manalo) a working-class toiler unhappy with the station that life has allotted him. Al finds a friend and rival in Simplicia (Joyce Jimenez), a naïve but relentlessly optimistic young beauty who sees her job as a stepping stone to better things. Reyes probes the financial, emotional, and romantic toils of his heroes with consummate skill, building tension until the moment that love erupts between the leads. You’re likely to erupt too, when you see Jimenez’s breasts fly loose from her satin bra.