A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, ...
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The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »
A priest estranged from the holy vows, marries Clara and starts raising a family. After several incidents, he becomes wracked with melancholia and wanders aimlessly, unable to come to terms with his personal truths.
A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out ... See full summary »
An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.
A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process. In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back to bury his dead-father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers.Written by
The film was rated X by Philippines' Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on the grounds of "breast and genitalia exposure." The board's report said members who reviewed the film were Amalia Fuentes, Ros Olgado and Fr. Nick Cruz. See more »
i just got home from the cinemateque, where i watched my first lav diaz movie. i was surprised... i like the fact that the camera leaves some space to the actors and to whatever is happening. it captures the whole picture and lets the audience grasp the location, conditions, people, ... if a person appears in the back of the frame, camera waits patiently for him/her to come closer. because of that, it is relaxing to watch the movie, cause you're not just being bombarded with shiny images all the time. the different issues this film touches (art, philosophy, religion, love, family, politics, health, nature...) can satisfy any critical viewer. it is a mixture of documentary and poetry, emphasizes the ties between man and nature, water and fire, questions god ("god knows the truth and waits" - Leo Tolstoy) and the authority. the only (miniature) problem of the movie is its length - i suggest you pick a movie theater with comfy seats (and don't forget to bring food and water). still, i highly recommend it!
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