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Florentina Hubaldo, CTE

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2012
Drama
  • Filipino
  • English
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Synopsis

A chronicle of the struggles of a young woman held captive by her father and forced into prostitution in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Her story eventually intersects with that of a farmer and his dying wife, as well as that of two treasure seekers from the city.

Our take

The Filipino master of slow cinema intertwines a story of impoverished treasure hunters with the tale of a drifting woman coming to terms with a damaged mind and body. Extraordinary handheld camerawork captures the minutest of details, bringing the struggles of life into stark reality.

Florentina Hubaldo, CTE Directed by Lav Diaz

Critics reviews

Where is salvation?" Based on the misfortunes of the title character, enslaved by her father and forced into prostitution, the answer would have to be “nowhere.” Yet by closely scrutinizing the tortuous narrative structure unfolding over the film’s six-hour duration and Diaz’s stunning gift for staging, another answer filters through: "In the fourth dimension.
January 01, 2013
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