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78 Ratings

Batang West Side

West Side Avenue

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, United States, 2001


Jersey City cop, Juan Mijares, pieces together the events leading to the death of Hanzel Harana, a young Filipino found shot in the head on West Side Avenue.

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Batang West Side Directed by Lav Diaz

Critics reviews

With its elaborately integrated flashback structure and ambiguously motivated protagonist, this classically paced, five-plus-hour procedural is at once more akin to the serialized television which was then taking hold in American home entertainment than the durational cinema which would soon make Diaz’s name, as well as a spiritual and political predecessor to the director’s recent, highly acclaimed Norte, the End of History.
October 15, 2014
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