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From What Is Before (2014)

Mula sa kung ano ang noon (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama | 12 August 2015 (Philippines)
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 »

Director:

Lav Diaz

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Lav Diaz
12 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Dizon ... Sito
Roeder Camanag ... Tony (as Roeder)
Hazel Orencio ... Itang
Karenina Haniel ... Joselina
Reynan Abcede Reynan Abcede ... Hakob
Mailes Kanapi ... Heding (as Miles Canapi)
Ian Lomongo Ian Lomongo ... Lt. Perdido
Joel Saracho ... Father Guido
Evelyn Vargas ... Miss Acevedo
Noel Sto. Domingo Noel Sto. Domingo ... Horacio
Gutierrez Mangansakan II ... Principal (as Teng Mangansakan)
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Babu
Bambi Beltran Bambi Beltran ... Bai Rahmah
Dea Formacil Dea Formacil ... Tinang
Kristian Chua Kristian Chua ... Narsing
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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 houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law. Written by World Premieres Film Festival

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Drama

Certificate:

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The first Filipino film in the 'Official Competition' of the Locarno International Film Festival and the first to win the 'Golden Leopard' main prize. See more »

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Wonderfully different, but not for me
1 November 2020 | by cgoodwin1991See all my reviews

Being bored is an acquired taste; I don't mind it. Just as I didn't mind this movie. But be prepared to be just that...quite bored. And if that is an issue with you, then you probably won't see it through.

But if you do see it through. I think an understanding of the political turmoil in the Philippines, and possibly even some Philippine lore could help someone better understand and enjoy this movie. I got the broad scope, but something was missing for me. I don't pretend to be a historian, a movie buff, or a guy who didn't just learn who Lav Diaz was yesterday, so please take this review with a grain of...whatever.

Very different from anything else I've seen, beautiful to look at, and wonderfully peaceful at times. Worth a look if you've got a lot of time on your hands. And don't pretend that you don't if you've read this entire review.


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Country:

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Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

12 August 2015 (Philippines) See more »

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Budget:

$46,000 (estimated)
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Sine Olivia Pilipinas See more »
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1.78 : 1
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