Julio Madiaga goes to the city to look for his long lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. His search leads to a radical shift in his character – from a naive country boy to an angry young man thirsting for justice.
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A film reviewed recently: the ability to observe the world with(in) cinema capabilities; the ability to interfere with an exemplary story of survival, with the plasticity of an open and close view; the structure in one frame, each frame, multiple layers of observation without decreasing the realist register; the introduction of a personal look (zooming) in world's History with his own language. Remarkable.
The film does a good job at bringing social issues in The Philippines to our attention but in successfully doing so, it harms the film as a piece of art. Plots are contrived to bring up different issues or to provoke an emotional response. Characters are introduced simply for them to be killed off and serve no other purpose but the tragedy of their death. etc. Even so, it was powerful and engaging at times. 3*
Un drama social que apunta al pesimismo. Es posible que este director sea influencia de Raya Martin o Lav Díaz. Lino Brocka reflexiona sobre las realidades de ciudad campo, la miseria no solo económica, sino también educativa, el amor como medio de escape o esperanza. Está también ese discurso sobre la frustración, sobre como un solo hombre no cambia lo que es cotidiano. ¿Una salida? Pueda que la revolución; se dice
seen this 2 weeks ago with zanjoe marudo and john prats on prats' laptop. still, what an astonishing film! the best filipino film of all time. and the serendipitous moment, on that day, after we've seen this, i met bembol roco at megamall at a premiere night. what a happy coincidence