(out of 5)
Intimate and interminable epic film by Lav Diaz, one of the first to establish his uncompromising devotion to mammoth running times (in this case, a whopping ten and a half hours) that effectively put one in the position of living someone else’s life along with them. Atmospheric and delicate, the film is a difficult experience even if you break up the running time into chunks, devoted to that wonderful standard of arthouse cinema that emphasizes long shots and little biographical detail between the odd burst of plot movement that has you scrambling to remember its relevance to the overall narrative arc. It essentially concerns members of a farming family enduring the massive political changes in the Philippines throughout the late seventies and into the eighties. There are some impressive images despite the low grade of film stock being used, but even the most patient viewer who loves a challenge will struggle to get many rewards from something whose content is spread so very thin.
Directed by Lav Diaz
Screenplay by Lav Diaz
Produced by Lav Diaz, Eric Tanedo, Paul Tanedo
Film Editing by Lav Diaz
Film Festivals: TIFF 2004
Cast Tags: Angel Aquino, Angie Ferro, Banaue Miclat, Benjamin Baylon, Betty Roa, Bey Vito, Bobby Cruz, Charles Young, Dante Perez, Dido De La Paz, Divina Cavestany, Doi Rosete, Eloisa Cruz Canlas, Elryan de Vera, Epifanio Enriquez, Ernie Enrique, Erwin Gonzales, Ester Chavez, Fonz Deza, George Vibar, Gino Dormiendo, Glen Parian, Hector Macaso, Joe Gruta, Joel Torre, Johnny Magdasoc, Jun Legazpi, Kenneth Tiamzon, Kristina Lesley Cabuyao, Lawrence Cordero,Leo Fonseca, Lorelie Futol, Lourd De Veyra, Lui Manansala, Maribel Baylon, Marife Necesito,Mario Magallona, Marivic Abalos, Mark Dionisio, Michael Ranola, Micole Alcantara, Nani Romano, Noel Sto. Domingo, Norvi Morauda, Panong Cuadra, Pen Medina, Phil Cruz, Quark Henares, Ray Ventura, Raye Baquirin, Rodeliza Abella-Altamonte, Roeder, Ronnie Lazaro, Rosanna Villegas, Roxlee, Ruben Lee, Salvador Royales, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Susan Robles, Sylvia Palazo, The Bob at Bulan, Tony Angeles