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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Director Lino Brocka asserts such authority and seems so genuinely involved in the harrowing depictions of social and economic oppression in his country (Philippines) that I must agree and allow a transference of his same righteous anger to enter me. Any other alternative would be a choice with
which I could never live. Propaganda for humanity. Rare film.
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*
I’m admittedly not too familiar with the cinema of the Philippines, but I dig the very 70s neo-noir quality to Brocka’s film, an epic tragedy about a stoic young man’s efforts to find the woman he loves after she’s taken from his fishing village for Manila. It’s not quite the sweeping romance I was anticipating, but it is a cutting piece of realism all the way up until those final, devastating minutes.
Une des œuvres maîtresses du prolifique metteur en scène philippin, d'une rigueur tranchante et limpide, sans aucun apitoiement ni complaisance pour ce navrant lumpenprolétariat quotidiennement exploité, sans qu'une échappatoire ou qu'une issue vivable ne se dessine dans cet océan de perdition, de turpitudes et de déliquescence... www.cinefiches.com
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