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Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution

Elehiya sa dumalaw mula sa himagsikan

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2011
  • Tagalog
  • English
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A woman from the end of the 19th century visits modern day Philippines and observes three interwoven stories: that of a prostitute, a group of criminals and a musician.

Our take

One of the most crucial aspects of the cinema of Filipino director Lav Diaz is a desire—or, most likely, a need—to connect the Philippines of the colonial past with the Philippines of the present. This film vividly does exactly that: a portrait of today seen through the eyes of a country’s history.

Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution Directed by Lav Diaz

Critics reviews

When American rule over Philippines ended in 1946, the city of Manila experienced a massive increase in population, which consequently begat growth in the city’s infrastructure and pollution. With this in mind, the numerous shots of the Pasig—particularly a shot from underneath a bridge—take on new non-meanings. The concrete supports for the bridge contain painted murals of plantlife. This image again connects the past with modernity visually, but is now charged with a specter of past events.
January 16, 2017
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