People Have the Power: Resistance in Filipino Cinema

Norte, The End of History

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Lav DiazPhilippines250 minutes201314AColourTagalog

Oct 14
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Lav Diaz, the leading figure of the Philippine New Wave, riffs on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment in this novelistic epic that demands comparisons to Taiwanese master Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day. Diaz contrasts two sets of characters: Fabian (Sid Lucero), a charismatic law student who dominates and impresses his fellow students with his persuasive tirades about the deplorable state of Filipino society; and married couple Joaquin (Archie Alemania) and Eliza (Angeli Bayani), who are struggling to lift their two young children out of poverty. As the lives of these very dissimilar people are unexpectedly brought together in the wake of a vile loan shark's murder, Diaz scrutinizes Filipino class politics, the intelligentsia's abdication of social responsibility, and the country's foreign-worker phenomenon, even as he creates a devastating and emotionally powerful human drama.