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Ang babaeng humayo (2016)

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After 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, a woman plans to take revenge on her former lover.

Director:

Lav Diaz

Writers:

Lav Diaz (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (inspired by his short story "God Sees the Truth, But Waits")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charo Santos-Concio ... Horacia Somorostro / Renata
John Lloyd Cruz ... Hollanda
Michael De Mesa ... Rodrigo Trinidad
Nonie Buencamino ... Magbabalot (as Noni Buencamino)
Shamaine Buencamino ... Petra
Mae Paner ... Warden
Mayen Estanero ... Nena
Marjorie Lorico Marjorie Lorico ... Minerva
Lao Rodriguez ... Father
Kakai Bautista ... Dading
Jo-Ann Requiestas Jo-Ann Requiestas ... Taba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Judith Javier ... Mameng
Daniel Palisa Daniel Palisa ... Harry
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After 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, a woman plans to take revenge on her former lover.

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

English | Japanese | Filipino

Release Date:

28 September 2016 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman Who Left See more »

Filming Locations:

Mindoro, Philippines See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

PHP 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,018, 19 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,906, 23 June 2017
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1.78 : 1
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Lav Diaz was inspired by the Leo Tolstoy story "God Sees the Truth, But Waits", first published in 1872. Diaz then wrote the treatment for Ang babaeng humayo (2016) in two days and sent it to lead actress Charo Santos-Concio and the film's producer, Ronald Arguelles. An hour after he sent the email, Concio said yes. [CNN Philippines, Sept. 2016] See more »

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Truth Cleanses the Soul, and Carelessness Condemns it
4 February 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Revealing the truth cleanses the soul, yet carelessness in doing so will condemn it. The knife cuts both ways. After 30 years in a prison work camp for a crime she did not commit, Horacia makes revealing the truth a priority in her life. With righteous fire she begins a quest to expose the true culprit. Her mark is Rodrigo; an arrogant and privileged former lover. Unlike Rodrigo, Horacia has a heart and this sensitivity and sympathy for others makes her vulnerable to distraction, to being found out before she has a chance to strike, or to losing her resolve in some way. Yet her good heart is also her strength. As Horacia closes in on Rodrigo, unexpected circumstances intervene.

This beautiful black and white film provides a intriguing portrait of small town Philippine society. Ambient sounds of wind in tree branches, tires on pavement and bird songs, lend authenticity to the images. At nearly four hours, the fans of "slow film" will certainly be in for an enjoyable, albeit snail-paced ride. I really enjoyed exploring the theme of how holding onto the truth, to hopes in your heart and helping others, invites both vulnerability and vindication. Winner of the golden lion and top prize at the 2016 Venice film festival.


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