Obra maestra. Con actuaciones epicas y fotografia formidable, a pesar de su duracion te atrae como si fuera un iman y no te suelta hasta el final, y en mi caso eso fue algo bueno, ya que me mantuvo interesado y entretenido de principio a fin. Tambien la ambientacion e historia son bastante buenas, y el ritmo me parecio apropiado, no me resulto ni violentamente rapido ni absurdamente lento. Notable pelicula.
Comme des graminées éparses au vent mauvais ou ces tableaux pointillistes au dévoilement progressif, Lav Diaz nous montre une réalité faussement surnaturelle qui cache et occulte de gênantes vérités qui sont adroitement dissimulées, comme la vraie nature de cette fallacieuse vendeuse ambulante, qui fouille discrètement les habitations, en réalité un officier féminin de l'armée, camouflé. www.cinefiches.com
Interesting and rare mixture of beauty and desolation, realism and mysticism, peace and violence. Epic in length; sleepy - almost dreamy atmosphere combined with static camera angles of intriguing choices, for example the tilted horizon line, which rarely works just as well as it does here. While I respect and admire work put into this film, the story didn't engage me emotionally, perhaps I missed something...
wonderful film. definitely worth going further then 30 minutes. but sorry, is it the real final version? picture looks not calibrated (different temperatures of B/W), some cuts are weird, and most of all, though the work on sounds has some nice ideas, the sound itself has some major technical problems (not talking about distortions) and I don't get what they would bring to the movie. did I just missed the point?
"Before defining art - or any concept - we must answer a far broader question: What's the meaning of man's life on Earth? Maybe we are here to enhance ourselves spiritually. If our life tends to this spiritual enrichment then art is a means to get there." Andrei Tarkovsky
Coming from the Philippines, the fact that Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon is almost impossible to watch is preposterous. Thankfully, Mubi has allowed me to witness one of the most haunting films ever made (and in that list of mine, is Norte, another Diaz masterpiece). Its slow, methodical pace, allows for an extreme form of immersion that only Diaz's films can create.
Arse-numbing elegy of rural life's brutality & the onset of martial law in the Philippines. Religion & superstition sustain the villagers as the evil acts begin to mount up. Composed with meditative, static shots that root the story in the landscape. Palm fronds & rocky outcrops sweat in gorgeous cinematography. Rain pours down continually. A stunning evocation of place. Beautiful, powerful & tragic
Variety's Justin Chang calls Diaz "a poet-historian of longform cinema [who] seeks not merely to relay a series of events but to draw us into a fully inhabited world." Diaz succeeds, but only viewers who can withstand the arduous journey will share that feeling. The haunting beauty will shepherd some along; others, as in the Parable of Sower, will fall along the path or wither away long before the end. 4.5 stars