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.
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Lav Diaz is one of the greatest artists in cinema today. 6 hours of stunning cinema. Don't expect to see this playing at your local commercial theater. Not unless it is part of a film festival. This is the second film I have seen by Diaz, the other was 5 hours long, both worth every minute!
I've never been a fan of Lav's primitive visual form; wide angle and basic framing which detaches the immersion and makes you feel at a distance. His films lack the thematic interest of works such as Satantango and although I admire slowness and contemplation so much, Lav's works often feel more an endurance test rather than extended immersion. In many ways, his form is closer to Benning than masters like Tarr.
Con tutto il rispetto per Diaz ,un film di 6 ore di cui almeno 2 sono dedicate a due persone che scavano con in sottofondo un rumore da crisi isterica è oggettivamente insostenibile per chiunque.
Personalmente mi ha stremato a tal punto che alla fine la storia di FH è passata in secondo piano
It is a wonderful film. The film is like a closed box that does not allow you to escape. Florentina's traumatic life is what you have to experience up-close, there is no turning back. Hyperrealist I will call it, the violence mostly happens outside the frame, and yet the film couldn't have been more violent.
Suffering as an unescapable part of life, as something towards which (and as an audience "in front of which") we cannot do much about.
On another hand, the way suffering and evil are presented makes one almost naturalize and accept it – to a point of almost turning it against the film's perspective itself.
It also flirts with redundancy at some points (and I don't mean those when Florentina repeats her name).