Talk about throwing down the gauntlet—from its slaughterhouse opening, this promises to not flinch at grime. But if all you know is that it's a "rape-revenge story", you'll be surprised at how little it sensationalizes and how carefully it builds a network of characters and observes a world that tramps people down into believing happiness is impossible. Exploitation might grow up to be neo-realism, or vice-versa.
Blu-Ray. Restored by the World Cinema Foundation. City's corruption and precariousness will burn an angel's wings anywhere in the world, be it Manila, Rio de Janeiro or Johannesburg. But Lino Brocka feels empathy for all his characters and that's the sign of a great director. Strongly recommended.
Film opens w/ screeching pigs being slaughtered in a grimy abattoir. Has a film's opening ever so steadfastly set the tone for what is to come? A lot of Filipino cinema seems to involve sexual assault. A lot of it seems to involve histrionic dramatics. Oh, you will get that stuff in INSIANG. The ugliness here is not counterpoint to beauty. The ugliness is in fact also beauty. There is Opera in the slums, my friend.
Une parfaite maîtrise des éléments dramatiques, qu'ils soient individuels ou collectifs, donne à cette étonnante œuvre souvent encensée du cinéma philippin, une dimension et une pertinence remarquables, portées par quelques solides acteurs plus vrais que nature et conduites, sans conteste par le plus grand réalisateur du pays... www.cinefiches.com
Female Spartakiad å la Brocka. Girl is avenged for rape but oh! how tactically long it takes to reach there, how lustily confessor-director licks his plump lips while comforting dolorous gladiatrix. Ambrosial hypodermal thrills from seeing helplessness, humiliation and femme-to-femme abuse. You realize why revenge is slaves’ virtue: all one has to put up w/ and wait through is quasi-insurmountable. End is conversion-
In a Filipino shantytown a young woman (Dostoevsky's "meek one") becomes a horror from her dire situation and the repeated abuse she takes from everyone around her. Maybe a bit rough round the edges - though what else should it be? - but it's true to its milieu. And packs a punch.
Another strong Filipino film. Life in the slums is strongly portrayed, especially because of Brocka's use of sound and framing. A tense situation, not only for the characters. Read my review here: http://viewingfilm.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/insiang-lino-brocka-1976/