Serbis's fractured Pineda family lives in a labyrinthine, ramshackle art deco cinema screening adult films and hosting their city's gay sex workers. Exploring movie theaters' functions as porous family and community centers evokes magical realist fable Cinema Paradisio, but the double meaning of Serbis's title–a reference to "services" proffered by the bartering sex workers–suggests different, decidedly more ambiguous roles for movies and their houses.
Through director Brillante Mendoza and cinematographer Odyssey Flores' beautiful, intimate style, the theater (aptly named "Family") becomes an architectural manifestation of the lives it shelters. Dim hallways and a dark theater house a sex trade that the family and surrounding culture mostly tolerate by ignoring. Meanwhile, the public ground floor foyer leaves the Pinedas at the mercy of their sexual exchanges. While matriarch Nanay Flor (Gina Parentilde) tries to get her husband jailed for adultery, her teenage nephew Alan (Coco Martin) is forced into a marriage with his pregnant girlfriend. For everyone in Serbis's Family, sex is a temporary solution to bigger problems.