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333 Ratings

The Day Before the End

Ang araw bago ang wakas

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2016


In the year 2050, the Philippines braces for the coming of the fiercest storm ever to hit the country. And as the wind and waters start to rage, poets wander the streets.

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The Day Before the End Directed by Lav Diaz
Many were those who spoke of Diaz’s inability to retain the power Shakespeare’s words will eternally deliver, overall there was a feeling of unworthiness tainting the air. ‘Why?,’ I heard a girl ask her friend after the screening. Within his complex body of work cinephiles all over the world are be aware of, I found Diaz’s tiny dystopia—inside Oberhausen’s evident search for an emotional utopia—to be an intermission for the beauty and focused urgency of memory and time once again grappled.
June 21, 2016
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The film, which at 16 minutes is very likely Diaz’s shortest, condensed his tendency to mix jaw-dropping imagery with forced profundity, here the clumsy contrivance of having actors recite lines from Shakespeare plays, seemingly chosen at random. These scenes, though, were rescued by more atmospheric shots of the same individuals walking through alleyways or sitting in cafes, and by the film’s end, a brooding, otherworldly sequence of people wading through waist-high flood waters.
June 07, 2016
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It simply shows how adroit Diaz’ filmic intelligence is—duration in his long films does not mark dead time, as in a certain strand of festival cinema, but is a deliberate choice to accurately (re)present particular sensual and spiritual experiences.
May 27, 2016
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